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Standard Deviation: Hacks and Dirty Tricks for the Web

A great SXSW Podcast:
Standards are not the end-all be-all of web methodologies. For years, people have been hacking together ugly, daunting, proprietary, but perfectly functional code. Hear the reasons and learn the tricks from the renegade side of the fence.

A very interesting listen. How the web is diverging into Applications and Documents. Documents are the old style web, HTML based and Standards ruled. But a lot of those standards are being pushed to their extreme or are plain unworkable in the generation of web applications, like Flickr, Gmail, Google Spreadsheets etc.

I can’t say I agree with some of it, and I think the attitude of “I’m a designer, I dont care about standards” is a stupid one, but it gives a lot of food for thought.


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  1. MWF posted 1 days, 5hrs, 2mins after the entry and said:

    Is this supposed to link to w3C.org?

  2. Matt Wilcox posted 1 days, 6hrs, 47mins after the entry and said:

    Woops. Rogue 'http:/' in the URL. It goes to the correct place now.
    It’s a beautiful irony that the link went to the site of the Web Standards body, when it’s intended to go to a “f*** standards” type podcast.

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