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Zeldman spots the dying dinosaurs

Wednesday, September 11, 2002

Outspoken advocate of web standards, Jeffery Zeldman has ignited a rather interesting discussion about 99.9% of websites being obsolete. He makes a number of valid and strong arguments about the anarchaic ways business develop large websites, uncovering the myth of backward compatibility. His 6th September follow-up tackles the argument that non-compliant hobby sites are in danger and reiterates that it is the business websites that are in danger of collapsing due to the volume of hacked tag-soup. There's some running commentary on 37signal's Signal vs Noise, plus the story now appears on Slashdot titled: Are 99.9% of Websites Obsolete?.

Zeldman is, of course, the driving force behing WaSP: "a grassroots coalition fighting for standards that ensure simple, affordable access to web technologies for all.".

I didn't agree with WaSP's previous campaign of "forcing" users to upgrade their browsers, but this year it really looks like they have got their act together and approaching standards advocacy with a modicum of intelligence and with rather high clue-levels.

Kudos to you, Mr Zeldman (again).

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