Will code for software

Published: October 26, 2004

I had Dunstan Orchard over to my house recently to help me with some design problems. After watching him decimate my XHTML+CSS code and reconstruct it into a thing of pristine beauty, I realized to the degree I have been doing things incorrectly with regard to web standards.

There were so many minor details that I had not realized I was executing incorrectly. So many that I’m almost ashamed to admit it. But hey, I’m not one to stand in silence while I continue to remain ignorant on certain issues. I’m the guy in class who had no problem asking stupid questions. I’m also the guy willing to ask those questions even if it also helps others who may not want to question aloud.

I tend to learn best by doing. I retain more about what I have learned that way. That’s what this website has been for me: an exercise in learning. But I have hit a wall in my education with regard to web standards. I know that Design by Fire is — by web standards coding practices — a mess. The problem is, I’ve looked at the code so long that I’ve lost where or how to fix it.

That’s where you come in.

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