The Man

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).

When clients tell you they want it “fast”, you better make sure that
they understand what that means. If your client wants a page with a lot
of data on it to be “fast”, it can’t have much aside from the data. If
you have fifteen K of data, you can’t add fifteen K of graphics,
stylesheets and javascript on top it and expect it to load in six
seconds over a modem. It’s just not going to happen. Unless you remove
some graphics and javascript, you’re screwed and are going to spend the
rest of your life trying to fit a cow down the garbage disposal.

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.

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