Category: html5

Balance scales weight valid HTML and non-valid HTML

October 7, 2009

Are We Still Arguing About Validation?

As someone who has been teaching HTML for over a decade, I have recollections of students (authoring in Notepad) in total panic because they forgot to close their </table>s, and thus Netscape 3 would deliver a blank page (Draconian error handling has a history too) – I also remember that they only made that mistake once, and never forgot it after that. Continue Reading Are We Still Arguing About Validation?

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[Photo: talismans]

August 4, 2009

Talismans, Active Listening, and a half-time show

First of all, I would like to suggest that today the @summary debate has digressed to something of a fight over a Talisman. Maybe that is in part my fault, and if so I will take the blame. I used that Talisman to force a dialog that has needed to happen for a very long time. Some people might find my tactics offensive, or childish, and others will remain trapped in arguing about what the data and research does or doesn’t say, does or doesn’t do, proves, disproves or concludes. You all need to just stop for a minute and take a deep breath. Continue Reading Talismans, Active Listening, and a half-time show

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Photo: XML Parsing error dialog

March 21, 2009

Consequences

Recently I’ve come under attack (sometimes viscously and personally) for daring to suggest that “fail” when writing HTML5 should have catastrophic consequences. The most recent incident involves my exploration of what should constitute appropriate (and now mandatory) fallback content for the <canvas> element. Brushing aside the personal attacks by small and narrow minds, I’d like to explore and expand upon my position a bit further. Continue Reading Consequences

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