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Good-bye web-development.

After a weekend of banging my head against the desk, I finally got alianzas.us to look exactly the same in Internet Explorer 6, Mozilla 1.x, KHTML 3.2, and Opera 7 using only approved W3C methods. ... and that's it; I'm done.

I started playing around with web development in '98 as a project to create an online journal. I started with FrontPage '98 and then moved on to various HTML editors. I put the web dev. down shortly thereafter; I didn't have much to do. About two years ago, I picked it up again after reading about efforts to standardize the web with CSS and bring accessibility to web sites.

I immediately read the CSS specs and checked out places like WaSP and AnyBrowser Campaign and fell in love with their ideals. Over the coarse of the last year, I have been slowly realizing what a pie in the sky all of that is.

I accumulated the maintenance responsibilities of eight websites at work over that time and I attempted to do a standards-based design in each case. Each site was of varying complexity, but -- by my estimation -- each site took five to eight times longer to develop than it would have if what I wrote was what I had gotten.

The CSS spec is not implemented correctly by even the most standards compliant browsers. These mild quirks would be manageable but once a web developer finishes developing for these sites, the gruesome-teeth-grinding work of getting IE support hacked out of your original design is enough to put anyone to bed.

And I'm not taking it anymore. Web publishing is fine and all; I'm not wasting any more of my life making it work, though. Let someone else do that. The return on investment just isn't there, for me. And so, with these thoughts in mind, I respectfully requested that all of my web site duties be transfered to someone else so that I can focus on other tasks.

What might bring me back to coding HTML? XHTML 2.0, CSS 2.0 and native SVG support in 90% of the market share with less than 5% disagreement on specification interpretation across 99% of the market. Why these things? XHTML brings logical structure to a document. CSS 2.0 brings a host of handy features to modify block elements with. SVG brings resolution independent rendering to a web site's design.

Goodbye cruel HTML market!

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