Dr Microsoft brain training

Watch out Dr Kawashima, I fully expect Microsoft to stake a claim to have invented brain training programs in the near future. The hoops that web developers are forced to jump through to get things working in Internet Explorer are sometimes awe-inspiring in their deviousness.

It almost seems like Microsoft will never care about totally supporting standards. To try and build an accessible website is far harder than it should be when working with .NET – no matter how hard I try to ignore it, I just know that if anyone viewed the source they would find a crapload of godawful CSS, JavaScript and a multitude of hidden form fields (like CLIENTSTATE) populated with strings so long that they could potentially map every atom in the solar system. It sometimes actually makes me feel unclean.

Microsoft are not alone. A colleague recently pointed out that out of the seven lines of tracking code he had been supplied, not a single one of them was as it should have been. The abundance of supposedly professionally produced sites that have been built with WYSIWYG editors is testament to the fact that not everybody is bothered about doing things properly. It’s not like hand-coding takes that much longer or is that painful but you have to understand how things work and know what you’re doing – which is surely no bad thing. With this in mind it was refreshing to find out that this is what a big media organisation like The New York Times does.

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