Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 2nd Nov 2010 20:03 UTC
Internet & Networking Every now and then, you get these news item that make you feel like something's wrong. The item doesn't make sense, shouldn't be possible, and yet it is. Despite Microsoft's newfound commitment to web standards, it's still incredibly unnerving to see things like this - the W3C's first HTML5 compliance test, in which Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview 6 outdoes all other browsers.
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RE: It's all interpretation
by WorknMan on Tue 2nd Nov 2010 23:29 UTC in reply to "It's all interpretation"
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As is pointed out in the WIRED article, having better raw support for certain HTML5 functions - specifically those that are targeted by the official test - doesn't necessarily mean it's better at doing certain things from a user's perspective.

Right you are. For the most part, as long as pages look ok when they load, only geeks and web devs are going to care about HTML5, benchmarks, and all that shit. As for me, if it doesn't have adblock, it's irrelevant. That goes for any browser.

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lucas_maximus Member since:

However it does matter when you come to improving the website.

I work for a large charity that currently has a very crappy CMS, and a website that has been largely done so it works in IE6 & 7.

Making changes are a nightmare and costs the company more down the road than on the initial implementation, because instead of making nice clean changes, I have to constantly hack around what is already there.

Not an ideal solution, I would gladly fix it ... If I was allowed the time to, but I don't.

If the devs followed web standards from the start, I would not be having to hack upon hack to make things work, this cost me time, and cost the charity money.

Which means I am not working cost effective as I could have been.

It all nice looking alright on the page at the time, but maintenence costs will spiral if the implementation is not correct.

The old saying "A stitch in time, saves nine" is very pertinent, when it comes to any software development.

Foolishly, when creating a prototype web app for the same organisation , I decided to cut some corners so I would have something "that worked but was dirty" to save me some time ... I am now paying for that when creating the actual web app.

Edited 2010-11-02 23:38 UTC

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WorknMan Member since:

However it does matter when you come to improving the website.

Like I said, only webdevs will care about that kind of thing ;) Most of the rest of the world isn't going to choose a browser based on how well it scores on some compliance test or benchmark, unless it happens to be a LOT faster than its closest competitor. Even then, it still might not get the nod from many users, if it's lacking in features and/or has a crappy UI.

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kaiwai Member since:

You could always donate your time to fix their website and get it as a tax write off ;)

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