Message To The Messengers - Props to the old school is a recent post by John Allsopp looking back at who was involved in creating and promoting CSS from its beginning. Ah yes, those names jog memories and recollections of where we’ve been that have brought us to where we are today. If you haven’t yet checked it out, it’s well worth a visit.
While on a roll with the old days and CSS history, the above post’s comments provided a link to The Elephants of Style, a March 14, 1997 article by Paul Bissex for the now defunct Web Review online magazine. Bissex wrote about the new CSS and the discussions about HTML and browsers' proprietary tags. Reading this again reminded me why I’ve been such a strong advocate of Web standards for all these years. In 1997 those browser wars and growing browser differences were an increasingly bigger nightmare for designers and developers to manage cross-browser, cross-platform support. Version 5 browsers finally became more supportive of Web standards, much to our relief, making a major positive difference for site owners, designers, developers, and browser users. Our current cross-browser, cross-platform CSS problems loom around Internet Explorer’s bugs, such as the list that the Web Standards Project wrote June 23, 2003:
- No support for attribute selectors (Windows/Mac)
- Incomplete support for PNG (Windows)
- No support for the W3C event model (Windows/Mac)
- No support for adjacent selectors (Windows)
- No support for border-spacing (Windows/Mac)
- No support for position: fixed (Windows)
Ah, what a difference it would make if Microsoft would at least fix those bugs during this long delay before they release the next version of Windows with its integrated browser. It’s been clear for some time that Microsoft has no intention of doing so, however.
There are also major concerns about IE’s next generation browser and the delay until it comes out.
My rants and raves through the years are all because I love what I do and I feel so passionate about my work in Web design and development. John’s article above gave me a chance to once again reflect on where we’ve been and how far we’ve really come, too. I was also reminded that my eight-year anniversary of officially building websites is around the corner. Unbelievable. My, how time flies when you’re having fun.