January 15, 2003

Drama Queen

Mark Pilgrim is being such a drama queen this week.

On Monday, he got a little snitty because XHTML 2.0 doesn’t have a <cite> tag in it. So he declared “Standards are bullshit” and put his page back to HTML 4. His design didn’t work too well with HTML 4, so he redesigned his page, and wrote up this long rant about how XHTML 1.0 was supposed to be a stepping stone to XHTML 1.1, and since he wasn’t going there anymore, he didn’t want to do XHTML at all. He has had it.

This is the point where he throws down his feathered boa and storms out of the room. I just want to slap him like a child and send him to his room for a time out. What’s the point of this little tantrum? Mark is usually so reasonable, and his site has always been a shelter of sanity that you could turn to for a nice middle ground. Why such a snit? Why now? The XHTML 2.0 working draft has been out for nearly half a year. And it’s a working draft. As in a bunch of non-related ideas just thrown around to see if any of them stick. Everybody pretty much declared it irrelevant last year, but now Mark has single-handedly reignited the debate, and everyone is coming around to the same conclusions again. Is he having a bad week? Is it a publicity stunt? Or did he just feel like flushing his Prozac, ripping his clothes, and jumping around like a monkey for a while? I don’t know.

Most of my site is XHTML 1.0 Transitional. Except for this weblog, which is HTML 4.01, because Blogger uses <br> instead of <br />. They’re decent standards, I picked them because they work well, and I’m not going to be throwing a holy fit about them any time soon. I just can’t figure out why some people get so worked up about all this stuff.

Zeldman says his piece gorgeously.

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  1. Emily says:

    Hmm…I've been using HTML and Javascript for my personal sites because they're on Geocities, which doesn't appear to support the XML standard and I can't afford to pay for a DSL connection to run my own server at the moment. I've never used the cite tag that I can recall. I just use italics or bold or underline to make things stand out, which is really all you need for a personal site anyway.

    Posted January 17, 2003 @ 1:40 pm

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