The Dollars and Sense of Building to Standards (09 Feb 2005)
People simply donít recognize how much itís costing them not to code to standards. For too long, people have accepted poor HTML code and assumed there was nothing that could be done to improve it.
Letís start by setting the record straight. First, one of the problems has always been that browsers donít support standard functionality as defined by the W3C. Fortunately, since the release of Netscape 6.0, Opera 5.0 and IE 6.0, browsers have supported most of the functionality defined by the W3C (up to and including strict XHTML). Unfortunately, users around the world have been slow to upgrade to these newer browsers.
Yet, with growth of Windows XP and the adoption of Mozilla Firefox, use of older browsers is dropping rapidly.
These will vary according to the target audience of a Web site. Check your access logs.
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