One of the interesting things that keep coming up on the HTML 5 mailing list is how few Web pages properly validate against the HTML standard. Ask any developer though, and they will usually tell you that they write HTML according to the specification. Ask those same developers if they have actually read the HTML specification, and most of them will say they have not. I think that part of the confusion is because many programmers assume that their HTML is well written if it displays as intended in a browser that “adheres to the HTML specification.” So, time for some honesty… do you actually write high-quality HTML, or does it simply work (or not work)?


Disclosure of Justin’s industry affiliations: Justin James has a working arrangement with Microsoft to write an article for MSDN Magazine. He also has a contract with Spiceworks to write product buying guides.
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