why standards are important

yes, HTML5 is essentially a diluted buzzword for "something shiny on the web that doesn't use flash" - BUT - by using standards, you get to have content used in ways you haven't predicted. For instance, Grant Hutchinson has been playing with a Newton-powered webserver (not linking directly to the server to spare it from the network) for years. Today, he fired up the web browser on one of his Newtons, and pointed it at the Apple HTML5 showcase site....

June 7, 2010 · 1 min

Cleaning up after Microsoft

I spend a depressing amount of time cleaning up after Microsoft. Specifically, cleaning up the "helpful" HTML code generated by MS Word and/or Internet Exploder on Windows when people copy content from MS Word and paste it into a WYSIWYG editor in Internet Explorer. Helpful, in that it tries (and fails so spectacularly that it boggles my mind how such a "feature" was designed) and more often than not completely borks whatever website is the unsuspecting recipient of the control-V-of-death....

April 1, 2009 · 3 min