Don’t fight the Man… it only leads to pain, my friend.
To explain, web standards: CSS, DIV’s, XHTML, the whole “separatiing content from display” nonsense, etc… it’s hard. It’s really hard. It’s especially hard when you have an extremely wide range of browsers to support, a rigid and uncompromising client, a design that doesn’t lend itself to it and no time. But, because I’m a glutton for punishment, I tried it anyway. I went on a windmill fighting crusade to make things “better” and now I’m paying the price by taking this gorgeous, validating, sleek and fast site I’ve built with my two hands and turn it into a hacked up mutant of a thing that works in everything under the sun (except Netscape 4.x, thank God).
And let’s talk about “users”. What is wrong with you people? Why do so many of you insist on NOT upgrading? Don’t you realize that if you upgraded, things would work better? You have lots of yummy browser flavors to choose from. Personally, I would suggest Mozilla 1.2.1, but you’re welcome to use IE (oh shut up, there’s no way I’m linking to it), Netscape 7, Chimera, Phoenix, heck, Opera will probably even work.
It’s a losing battle if everything we build is interpretted by browsers that can’t keep up. Unfortunately, there’s no argument I can think of to convince a reasonable business person that denying users of older browsers to upgrade.
… I’m grumpy. My cold has come back and I can’t sleep, and I’m working my butt off. Excuse my rantings, I’m going to go take some NyQuil.