well... I stand by my opinion that people like to explore first...
then apply and comply to rules later.
but let's please not assume that I was suggesting that people do so by coding thier pages as so:
(Niket must think that I'm wackier than I really am :eek: )
After all... at some point, everybody likes to play around with the bells and whistles....
(until they come to the eventual realization that those things become a distraction and an embarrassment - as well as a nightmare to process on a cross-browser level).
And YES... even my pages at work (and those of my co-workers) have not been coded to adhere to standards (or accessibility)....
probably due to the fact that permissive browsers allowed us to do pretty much whatever we pleased.
However... my Jeep will also allow me to drive fast, reckless, on the wrong side of the road, with an unbuckled seatbelt, with my eyes closed, with my knees, while reading, putting on makeup, talking on the cell-phone, etc.
But.... there are rules....
and it really falls on the driver (and the developer) to adhere to the rules.
And unfortunately for the developer's own good... there is no cop around to help keep them in line.
So yes... standards compliance is (or should be) the goal.
And I feel that it MUST be the goal if you are going to develop for the web on the professional level.
And that is why I am looking to change my many bad habits and begin trying to code according to the standards.
But... it's a process (it won't happen overnight... no matter how badly Charles or Vladdy or whoever wants it to happen immediately )
After all... I was probably not even "ready" to do so... until I was ready to accept the commitment that it requires to do it.
And THAT is why I think that so many people DO NOT code according to the standards (in my opinion):
It's just too hard to break bad habits and stop using certain bells and whistles (especially without a cop around to deter you from breaking the rules)
So... thumbs-up to standards compliance....
(but let's not get obsessive about it on every question :rolleyes: ).....
(see.... another freakin' novel. THAT'S why we need off-topic threads around here....
just to distract ME from threads like this one! lol)