A Standardized Web Makes No Sense? - Part II

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Posted on January 30, 2005 5:07 PM in Web Development
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Nearly two months ago I got a little harsh concerning Iggy Kin's thoughts on a standardized Web. Not too long after, he took notice and made a few more absurd comments on the subject. This time around, Iggy says:

Like i said in my earlier post, [Web standards] are only good for developers not for the user. I want more functionality, not standard markup. I don't see markup, and i don't care what it looks like, I just want to do email, shop, bank etc. Markup applications just don't do that well.

The only folks who seem to want standards are developers because like cross platform it promises less work and fortunately like cross platform, nobody buys it. Its not user focused.

Anybody on the side of a standardized Web could have a heyday with these types of remarks, so I'm not going to go into great detail here. A simple case in point should do the trick.

Sometime last year a bunch of MBNA (bank) customers (myself included) noticed that they couldn't login to their bank management page using Firefox. Keep in mind that these were users, not developers (I was wearing my user hat, I promise). Because of non-standard approaches to web application development, they were locked out of performing the very task Iggy noted as being important. Had their bank used standardized Web practices, these users could have gone about their business without any trouble. Instead, they were told they needed to use an inferior browser such as Internet Explorer and subsequently put themselves in harm's way. Luckily, thanks to a great effort by Mozilla evangelists, the issue was eventually resolved.

I meant to post this over a month ago, but things have been a bit hectic (I'm a little bit backblogged), and plus, Iggy seems to have other arguments going on anyway.

The best thing about Iggy's rebuttal, if you can call it that, is that it helped me realize my site looks pretty darn good on a Tablet PC (until you scribble all over it, that is).


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