HOWTO Spot a Wannabe Web Standards Advocate
If there is a match, you have spotted a wannabe.
- Talks about the importance of the
- And spells it “depreciated”.
<span style="font-style: italic;">,
<i> is presentational.
- Wants software to use
when the UI says italic and bold.
- Marks up quoted text as
- Complains about upper-case tags in HTML.
- Claims XHTML 1.0 is more semantic than HTML 4.01.
- Claims XHTML 1.0 is more structured than HTML 4.01.
- Claims XHTML 1.0 is less presentational than HTML 4.01.
- Claims browsers parse XHTML served as
faster than they parse HTML.
- Refers to “the benefits of XHTML” without specifying what
the benefits are.
- Uses large XHTML 1.0 Transitional documents with table
layouts while claiming enhanced compatibility with handheld devices
thanks to XHTML.
- “Future proofs” a site by migrating from HTML 4.01
Transitional to XHTML 1.0 Transitional and keeps serving it as
- Uses the XML empty element notation on pages that are supposed to
be HTML pages.
- Complains about doctypeless
or SVG documents and smugly points to validator.w3.org.
- Claims all tables are evil.
- Advocates pixel-based absolute CSS positioning as the
righteous replacement for evil tables.
//EN at the end of the public identifier
in the doctype to the language code of the language the page is
- Omits the namespace declaration in XHTML or SVG and claims it
is OK, because it validates.
- Serves documents written using a home-grown XML vocabulary
along with an XSLT transformation to HTML to browsers instead of
serving HTML, because XML is more semantic.