As late as yesterday, I heard an argument I didn’t except to hear. Not now, not in 2007.
I came in the last two days before the deadline in an intranet project, and was asked to take a brief look at some bugs and the overall state of the web site. When browsing through it, I noticed that there were a number of validation errors and pointed this out to the project manager. His reply:
Validation isn’t that important, it’s just an intranet
AARRGGHHHH!!! Talk about not getting web standards and what it is all about! Please, let me break it down you and and explain it. The reason for web standards (pure validation in this case) are NOT:
- To able to show it off to others
- To avoid angry e-mails from people
- To pass some potential legislation
The whole idea with web standards are:
- Ensuring, as much as possible, that the web site will actually work
- Easier to identify potential errors
- Faster web development
I’m with Chris on this, Time for Action!