The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

9 August 2004

From the Department of Low Expectations

While I get an occasional attaboy for this site design, I feel compelled to point out that it's simple and uncluttered because that's about the extent of my design abilities; there is no shortage of people who can produce really excellent yet still highly-readable pages, but I'm not one of them.

On the other hand, try as I may, I can't seem to muck it up as badly as Microsoft. Here's Phil Ringnalda on the new MSN blogs:

The HTML is, of course, execrable. The one possible way they could have gotten some approving buzz from tech bloggers was to use extremely clean (X)HTML, but given the apparent total lack of a corporate culture believing that code is poetry, at least when it comes to HTML, there was little hope of that. It might be possible to persuade Microsoft tools to produce valid HTML, but judging by what mostly comes out of them, they must think of HTML as a hot dog factory, where nobody in their right mind would ever look inside.

Having seen some of the hash that emerges from FrontPage, I'm afraid even to look at this stuff.

And, of course, there's this:

To the surprise of exactly nobody, when I clicked the signup URL in Firefox, I was told to get a better browser. Instead, I switched to Internet Explorer.

What, precisely, is IE better than? Lynx?

I'm still on a relatively old (2.64) version of Movable Type. I think I'll stay put.

(Via Dowingba)

Posted at 8:23 AM to Blogorrhea


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From a comment on this Dustbury entry: I've been coding my HTML via plain text for eight years now, and I'm still learning. But dagnabbit, if it can't be done in a text editor, it isn't worth doing....[read more]

FrontPage code is gorgeous compared to MS Word code, which is an absolute unreadable hash.

Posted by: Dan at 9:23 PM on 9 August 2004

I tried using Front Page and almost had a nervous breakdown. I'm sticking to Notepad & its equivalents. (When I was playing around with Linux I used to use vi. Sigh.)

Posted by: Andrea Harris at 8:26 AM on 10 August 2004

I've been coding my HTML via plain text for eight years now, and I'm still learning. But dagnabbit, if it can't be done in a text editor, it isn't worth doing.

Posted by: McGehee at 1:00 PM on 10 August 2004