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Saturday, July 25, 2009 ·

5368if.jpgIn the early days of the web, when people first started properly to embrace the technology , to publish homepages, and to develop online corporate presences for their companies, they all realized fairly quickly that the medium was quite limiting. Necessity is the mother of invention, though. People began to coax out of their web pages tricks and displays that were never intended by the technologies they used, and the browsers helped them along the way by adding features that offered even more opportunities for this kind of behavior.

Numerous books have been written on the topics of web design and programming, as have many free tutorials that you can read on the ½Net. Many of them were written during those heady years, and were based on what seemed like best practices back then, but their authors were constrained by browsers that often rendered the same well-designed pages in vastly different ways. This meant that the tutorials� authors needed to resort to abusing various features of those browsers, such as using data tables to lay out pages. This certainly got many people building their first web pages, but it ensured that bad habits were ingrained at an early stage, and many people are still using these bad practices years later. Web developers the world over have learnt bad habits (myself included) and must now try to un-learn them all. There�s no longer a need for these prac�tices�they often produce pages that are inflexible, slow to download, and difficult to maintain, but like the badly taught driver who insists on flouting the rules because it�s worked for him so far, many developers find those outdated habits difficult to break.




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