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Re: [css-d] OT: Lack of Knowledge and the Web Factory

Sent by dogfood on 30 January 2002 06:06


a perspective from germany (sorry for the poor english...):

i wouldn't blame it to the WYSIWYG-tools. i see too much bad work made by
big agencies with their special coding-departments.

- lack of knowledge/education.
there isn't soo much interest to selfeducate one. especially with the
dotcom-crisis the job became for many a 9am-5pm-job. no one is asking for
standard-compatible work, so why learning?

also this isn't a topic in computer-mags or german websites. it's more an
insider-story for hardcore-webdesigner.

- lack of "cooperation" inside the company. the workflow is too much
splitted between the different compartments, and often gfx-designers makes
bad layout/designs without understanding the "nature" of web/html. and
managers often fell in the "technology trap" and tries to sell the latest
bells and whistles. the coder is often in the end of the workflow-chain, and
when he comes into the play, it's often too late.

i would love to force anyone to buy jeffrey veen "art and science of web

so generally, indeed, a lack of knowledge/understanding/education.

where someone could blame software-makers like microsoft, adobe or
dreamweaver, is the lack of any material concerning "good design". the
handbooks/manuals are reduced to the very basic things, the handling of the

i'm since some months moderator in the (german
macromedia user-group for dreamweaver). the average level of general
HTML-/web-knowledge of dreamweaver-user is simply desastrous!

macromedia did a good job with flash 5, by introducing a seperate
actionScript-guide, which helped people for the first steps into the area of

i would love if software-producers would deliver a zeldman- or veen-like
guide with their software.

also, i'm asking the W3C to do a better job to spread the standards, and to
help the people to understand. so far i've the feeling that they are just
throwing out YAS (yet-another-standard) without doing anything to establish
the standards. this is a point that i simply can't understand, as several
members of the standard-bodies are software-companies that could earn money
by selling standard-compatible software-updates.


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. Kai Pahl, Hamburg, Germany
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