September 09, 2003

Standards Compliant ResExcellence

Now we need to take a serious little look at an issue that I've seen brought up in various forum threads and email. What I'm talking about is a call for ResEx to comply with W3C web standards. When run through the validators at W3C we came up with serveral hundred errors on our index page which was quite alarming to see when taking the report at face value. But then I started testing other popular Mac gui sites and found we weren't so out of line as it appeared. So what gives here? Are W3C standards really that important? Does ResEx need to meet W3C web standards?
- Scott Chitwood

Later, that same day:

We are still being plagued by site slowdowns due to the router getting up to around almost one hundred percent capacity (1.1 Mbps) and then choking on itself thereafter. My intended work around for the short term is to reset the router every morning right after I upload. This has helped regain speed in a few instances over the past few days but I'm becoming highly suspicious of the router... Unfortunately I can't reset it remotely via telnet as my isp owns the hardware, a Cisco uBR900. A few good souls have volunteered to keep me informed of how the site is loading for them by email daily so I've got a better idea of what's happening out there.
- Scott Chitwood

Now, let me ask you this, Scott. When you're maxing out your bandwidth every day, and the combination of CSS and well-formed XHTML promises to cut your page size in HALF at the very least, why do we need a poll? I checked the validator of the ResEx homepage, and it's really not all that bad. You've got a lot of errors that are EASILY fixable: stuff like changing 'TOPMARGIN' to 'margin-top' and adding ALT tags to images.

I hate to suggest this, and I know it probably scares the junk out of you, but you should just take the design you have now, throw out the source, and rewrite the site. I'd gladly help (if you feel you need it), and it would actually be a huge honor. Kiss tables goodbye, Scott.

Posted on September 9, 2003 10:20 PM | web standards | TrackBack

Hear hear.

Can I help, or at the very least watch? Hydra (I mean, ugh, SubEthaEdit) at its finest!

·September 10, 2003 12:26 AM · comment by CyberMonk   -   ∞

Oh, oh. I want to do something.

·September 10, 2003 07:12 PM · comment by Neosiris   -   ∞

Er, but I guess, more helpfully, I should add that I agree with what benefits tabeless CSS design could bring to ResExcellence. That source just makes me want to vomit after weeks of learning exactly this type of design. Size and aesthetics can both be honestly well-receipted here.

·September 10, 2003 07:20 PM · comment by Neosiris   -   ∞

WTF? You deleted my comment? Dickwad.

·September 11, 2003 12:30 AM · comment by bp   -   ∞
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