To me, that's like saying that you don't care if your text or layout
looks okay, as long as the HTML is okay. Or saying you don't care if
it works in any other browser except IE6, or any other platform than
the PC. That might be fine for a site only you and a few friends are
going to visit, but not if you or your client is using the site to
sell products or services.
Bad code often doesn't display correctly or breaks outright,
especially in persnickety browsers. HTML and CSS work hand in hand.
You need to make sure each of them have been written correctly. How do
you harness the power of CSS if you're just slapping it together with
no regard to its correctness?
If I were going to hire a coder to take over some of my workload, the
first thing I'd do is check some of the websites they've created. In
fact, I just got the opportunity to do that very thing today. I'd look
at their source code to see what kind of coding they do (for purposes
of SEO), then I'd validate the HTML and CSS of the sites. If the sites
didn't validate, I wouldn't hire them (and I didn't). CSS isn't going
away. I'd need someone who knew what he or she was doing and would be
ready to take their coding to the next level.
On Aug 26, 2009, at 8:57 PM, Michael Adams wrote:
> On Wed, 26 Aug 2009 22:57:36 -0400
> Came this utterance formulated by jeffrey morin to my mailbox:
>> I was discussing some CSS techniques the other day and someone
>> up a point of a certain "fix" that I use not validating in the CSS
>> validator. I have never really been overly concerned with validating
>> my stylesheets as long as the html was good. Is there a certain
>> benefit to validating your CSS or is it mainly just for purity sake?
> The CSS validator is a developers tool (as is the HTML validator). I
> it to check for syntax errors.
> Having said that there is very little reason for using bad CSS
> I have my IE<8 CSS in a seperate file that the validator won't find.
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