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Interview with Blanca Valbuena


A few months ago, my friend Blanca Valbuena pointed me to a Web site that she and her boyfriend, Antonio Davis Evans [3/7/2007: my mistake, sorry about that!], opened up devoted to food and restaurants. We had caught up with each other in late 2006; we had drifted apart since college (how we met is a rather funny story, particularly the part where I finally “met

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Justin James is the Lead Architect for Conigent.

4 comments
Beauregard T. Shagnasty
Beauregard T. Shagnasty

Your friends haven't heard of writing conforming, valid code ... Better than some commercial sites, though; only 93 errors.

aevans
aevans

Hey Beauregard, Thanks for the input. It's incredibly high on my issues list. We are actually in the process of doing a remix to the site (many new major modules and add-ons). Developing a complex website for every browser (IE6, IE7, Firefox, Safari, Opera, etc) is such a feat. With that, we are tackling to bring not only the W3 errors in check but also logical and site specific issues. We should be ready to release in April so check us out. Antonio Evans FriendsEAT.com

VDOPanterA
VDOPanterA

The website still works and functions correctly in browsers, thats the important thing isn't it?

Justin James
Justin James

My experience has been that it is difficult to have a site validate and work well in IE. It is the nature of the beast, sadly. Another stumbling block is dynamically generated Web sites. The site generator has to "know" how to escape a sequence of character based upon where it is being used, and how it is being used, otherwise you end up with tags that look goofy or invalid text, if you handle everything the same way. That being said, I agree that a valid set of HTML is important. Is it the "be all and end all" like some folks beleive it is? Nope. But I agree that it is quite important. Sad to say, the TechRepublic home page has 416 validation errors, according to the W3C's validator, but the page displays fine in IE6, IE7, and Firefox. Not saying that failure to validate is not a bug, just really saying that it is a low prioroty bug if it displays correctly or close enough. J.Ja

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