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Time Magazine promotes Web Standards Sites

Molly E. Holzschlag’s article Are We Failing the Web? asks several questions regarding the advancement of web standards.

Web standards hasn’t failed. Its components have succeeded even if it’s philosophy hasn't been widely embraced.

Web standards is philosophy. The tenets of web standards are based on components of practicality: separation of structure and presentation, accessibility, unobtrusive scripting, &c. Those components existed before web standards. Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) usage is part of the standards. CSS seems to have been the galvanizing occurrence of web standards: it was first; it's practical. Standards may have been there for all history but CSS propelled it. [Note: All 50 sites noted below excepting two appear to be CSS-presentational designs (even when they are structured with archaic tables). Skin-deep web standards has succeeded in design styles.] CSS layout selectors are not Web 2.0; CSS designs are. That is the human nature of monkeying: copy simple, practical things; study doctrines later.

I believe that Web Standards Soap-Box Preachers — And, we’re all Soap-Box Preachers! — should reevaluate the philosophical position of web standards.

Practicality triumphs over philosophy.

Why?

Maryanne Murray Buechner wrote in her 50 Coolest Websites article for Time,

“Many of this year’s choices are shining examples of Web 2.0: next-generation sites offering dynamic new ways to inform and entertain, sites with cutting-edge tools to create, consume, share or discuss all manners of media, from blog posts to video clips.”

It appears - at least to me - that the exotic nature of cascading style sheets and DOM Scripting are considered part of this futuristic thing, Web 2.0. Ajaxy behaviors, too.

Those 50 Coolest Websites illustrate it.

All sites went under W3C Markup validation. All sties went under CSS validation, Level 3. [Note: All sites failed HTML and/or CSS except for N° 36 - Yelp.] All sites were reviewed for an HTTP Response Header with Web-Sniffer 1.0.24.

And, in Time’s particular order.

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  • 1 Pandora Internet Radio - Find New Music, Listen to Free Web Radio
  • [Standards]
  • <!DOCTYPE [None declared]>
  • <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" [None declared]>
  • HTTP Response Header
    • Content-Type:text/html;charset=ISO-8859-1
  • Validation
    • HTML Markup: Failed validation, 47 errors [Attempted validation with HTML 4.01/Transitional.]
    • CSS: Three style sheets failed validation, each had 3 errors
  • 2 The 9
  • [Standards]
  • <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/strict.dtd">
  • <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" [None declared]>
  • HTTP Response Header
    • Content-Type:text/html
  • Validation
    • HTML Markup: Failed validation, 59 errors
    • CSS: Failed validation, 25 errors
  • 3 Drawn! The Illustration and Cartooning Blog
  • [Standards]
  • <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
  • <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
  • <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8" />
  • HTTP Response Header
    • Content-Type:text/html; charset=utf-8
  • Validation
    • HTML Markup: Failed validation, 30 errors
    • CSS: Failed validation, 9 errors
  • 4 Sundance Splinks
  • [Standards]
  • <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd">
  • <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xml:lang="en" lang="en">
  • <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" />
  • HTTP Response Header
    • Content-Type:text/html; charset=utf-8
  • Validation
    • HTML Markup: Passed validation
    • CSS: Failed validation, 8 Errors
  • 5 Photomuse
  • [Tables/CSS Layout structure amalgamation]
  • <!DOCTYPE [None declared]>
  • <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" [None declared]>
  • HTTP Response Header
    • Content-Type:text/html
  • Validation
    • HTML Markup: Failed validation, 44 errors [Attempted validation with HTML 4.01/Transitional.]
    • CSS: Valid [All inline styles]
  • 6 Jumpcut [Make Amazing Movies Online]
  • [CSS/Tables Layout structure amalgamation]
  • <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
  • <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
  • <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1">
  • HTTP Response Header
    • Content-Type:text/html
  • Validation
    • Markup: Failed validation, 85 errors
    • CSS: Three style sheets passed; one failed, 3 errors.
  • 7 Wolfgang’s Vault
  • [CSS/Tables Layout structure amalgamation]
  • <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
  • <meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8">
  • HTTP Response Header
    • Content-Type:text/html; charset=utf-8
  • Validation
    • HTML Markup: Failed validation, 95 errors
    • CSS: Valid
  • 8 Podcast Pickle: Focused on Podcasters and the Podcasting Community
  • [CSS/Tables Layout structure amalgamation]
  • <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
  • <META HTTP-EQUIV="Content-Type" CONTENT="text/html; charset=utf-8">
  • HTTP Response Header
    • Content-Type:text/html; charset=utf-8
  • Validation
    • HTML Markup: Failed validation, 156 errors
    • CSS: Failed validation, 15 errors
  • 9 YouTube - Your Digital Video Repository
  • [Standards]
  • <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/1999/REC-html401-19991224/loose.dtd">
  • <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" [None declared]>
  • HTTP Response Header
    • Content-Type:text/html; charset=utf-8
  • Validation
    • HTML Markup: Failed validation, 231 errors
    • CSS: Two style sheets were valid; one had 6 Errors
  • 10 Zunafish: Trade DVDs, CDs, Books, Videogames & more!
  • [Tables]
  • <!DOCTYPE [None declared]>
  • <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" [None declared]>
  • HTTP Response Header
    • Content-Type:text/html
  • Validation
    • HTML Markup: Failed validation, 142 errors [Attempted validation with HTML 4.01/Transitional]
    • CSS: Passed validation
  • 11 delicious:days
  • [Standards]
  • <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
  • <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
  • <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8" />
  • HTTP Response Header
    • Content-Type:text/html; charset=UTF-8
  • Validation
    • HTML Markup: Failed validation, 2 errors
    • CSS: Failed validation, 9 errors
  • 12 Mighty Goods: Shopping Blog
  • [Standards]
  • <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
  • <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xml:lang="en" lang="en">
  • <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" />
  • HTTP Response Header
    • Content-Type:text/html
  • Validation
    • HTML Markup: Failed validation, 2 errors
    • CSS: Passed validation
  • 13 not martha
  • [CSS/Tables Layout structure amalgamation]
  • <!DOCTYPE [None declared]>
  • <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" [None declared]>
  • HTTP Response Header
    • Content-Type:text/html
  • Validation
    • HTML Markup: Failed validation, 36 errors
    • CSS: Style sheet and inline styles passed validation
  • 14 Kids-In-Mind: Movie Ratings That Actually Work
  • [Tables/CSS Layout structure amalgamation]
  • <!DOCTYPE [None declared]>
  • <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" [None declared]>
  • HTTP Response Header
    • Content-Type:text/html
  • Validation
    • HTML Markup: Failed validation, 198 errors [Attempted validation with HTML 4.01/Transitional]
    • CSS: Failed validation, 9 errors
  • 15 Phone Scoop
  • [Tables]
  • <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/loose.dtd">
  • <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" [None declared]>
  • HTTP Response Header
    • Content-Type:text/html; charset=iso-8859-1
  • Validation
    • HTML Markup: Failed validation, 60 errors
    • CSS: Passed validation (In page styles)
  • 16 Shopintuition
  • [Tables]
  • <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN">
  • <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1">
  • HTTP Response Header
    • Content-Type:text/html
  • Validation
    • HTML Markup: Failed validation, 98 errors
    • CSS: Failed validation, 1 error
  • 17 digg / Technology
  • [Standards]
  • <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
  • <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
  • <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" />
  • HTTP Response Header
    • Content-Type:text/html; charset=UTF-8
  • Validation
    • HTML Markup: Failed validation, 5 errors
    • CSS: Failed validation, 12 errors
  • 18 footnoted.org
  • [Standards]
  • <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd">
  • <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
  • <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8" />
  • HTTP Response Header
    • Content-Type:text/html; charset=UTF-8
  • Validation
    • HTML Markup: Failed validation, 32 errors
    • CSS: Failed validation, 3 errors
  • 19 The Morning News
  • [Standards]
  • <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
  • <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xml:lang="en" lang="en">
  • <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1" />
  • HTTP Response Header
    • Content-Type:text/html
  • Validation
    • HTML Markup: Failed validation, 14 errors
    • CSS: Failed validation, 3 errors
  • 20 Charity Navigator - America's Largest Charity Evaluator
  • [Tables]
  • <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN">
  • <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" [None declared]>
  • HTTP Response Header
    • Content-Type:text/html; charset=iso-8859-1
  • Validation
    • HTML Markup: Failed validation, 47 errors
    • CSS: Failed validation, 1 error
  • 21 Deadspin, Sports News without Access, Favor, or Discretion
  • [Standards]
  • <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
  • <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xml:lang="en" lang="en">
  • <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" />
  • HTTP Response Header
    • Content-Type:text/html; charset=utf-8;
  • Validation
    • HTML Markup: Failed validation, 251 errors
    • CSS: Failed validation, 1 error
  • 22 Kevin Sites in the Hot Zone: Conflict Journalist & Video News
  • [Standards]
  • <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/strict.dtd">
  • <meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8">
  • HTTP Response Header
    • Content-Type:text/html; charset=utf-8
  • Validation
    • HTML Markup: Failed validation, 242 errors
    • CSS: One style sheet passed validation; two style sheets failed 11 errors total
  • 23 The Human Clock™ - A Clock Photo for Every Minute of the Day
  • [Tables]
  • <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/loose.dtd">
  • <meta HTTP-EQUIV="content-type" CONTENT="text/html; charset=UTF-8">
  • HTTP Response Header
    • Content-Type:text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1
  • Validation
    • HTML Markup: Failed validation, 2 errors
    • CSS: Passed validation
  • 24 Tailrank
  • [Standards]
  • <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/strict.dtd">
  • <meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8">
  • HTTP Response Header
    • Content-Type:text/html; charset=utf-8
  • Validation
    • HTML Markup: Failed validation, 284 errors
    • CSS: Failed validation, 4 errors
  • 25 dodgeball.com :: mobile social software
  • [Tables (CSS slight)]
  • <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/strict.dtd">
  • <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" [None declared]>
  • HTTP Response Header
    • Content-Type:text/html; charset=UTF-8
  • Validation
    • HTML Markup: Failed validation, 22 errors
    • CSS: Failed validation, 2 errors
  • 26 MySpace
  • [Standards]
  • <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/loose.dtd">
  • <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" [None declared]>
  • HTTP Response Header
    • Content-Type:text/html; charset=utf-8
  • Validation
    • HTML Markup: Failed validation, 113 errors
    • CSS: Failed validation, 1 error
  • 27 meebo.com
  • [Standards]
  • <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN">
  • <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8">
  • HTTP Response Header
    • Content-Type:text/html
  • Validation
    • HTML Markup: Failed validation, 97 errors
    • CSS: Failed validation, 11 errors
  • 28 SingShot - Online Singing, Karaoke, Sharing, Ratings, and Community
  • [Standards]
  • <!DOCTYPE html SYSTEM "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
  • <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
  • <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1" />
  • [Note: Character Encoding mismatch!]
  • HTTP Response Header
    • Content-Type:text/html;charset=UTF-8
  • Validation
    • HTML Markup: Failed validation, 2 errors
    • CSS: Failed validation, 9 errors
  • 29 Welcome to Google Spreadsheets
  • [Tables]
  • <!DOCTYPE [None declared]>
  • <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" [None declared]>
  • HTTP Response Header
    • Content-Type:text/html; charset=UTF-8
  • Validation
    • HTML Markup: Failed validation, 17 errors [Attempted validation with HTML 4.01/Transitional]
    • CSS: Passed validation (Inline styles)
  • 30 Number Logic :: Sudoku
  • [Tables]
  • <!DOCTYPE [None declared]>
  • <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" [None declared]>
  • HTTP Response Header
    • Content-type:text/html
  • Validation
    • HTML Markup: Failed validation, 17 errors [Attempted validation with HTML 4.01/Transitional]
    • CSS: Failed validation, 1 error
  • 31 TMZ.com
  • [Standards]
  • <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
  • <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
  • <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" />
  • HTTP Response Header
    • Content-Type:text/html
  • Validation
    • HTML Markup: Failed validation, 62 errors
    • CSS: Failed validation, 22 errors
  • 32 Cute Overload! ;)
  • [Frameset]
  • <!DOCTYPE [None declared]>
  • <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" [None declared]>
  • [Frameset removed]
  • <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
  • <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" id="sixapart-standard">
  • <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" />
  • HTTP Response Header
    • Content-Type:text/html
  • Validation
    • HTML Markup: Failed validation, 73 errors [XHTML 1.0/Transitional]
    • CSS: Failed validation, 8 errors
  • 33 Jackson Pollock by Miltos Manetas, original design by Stamen, press any key to s
  • [Frameset]
  • <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Frameset//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-frameset.dtd">
  • <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xml:lang="en" lang="en">
  • <meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html" />
  • HTTP Response Header
    • Content-Type:text/html
  • Validation
    • HTML Markup: Failed validation, 1 error
    • CSS: None (SWF file in frameset)
  • 34 Free Games, Online Games - Shockwave.com
  • [Standards]
  • <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
  • <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
  • <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" [None declared]>
  • HTTP Response Header
    • Content-Type:text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1
  • Validation
    • HTML Markup: Failed validation, 11 errors
    • CSS: Failed validation, 5 errors
  • 35 Yugioh GX Elemental Heroes Go Disco Dancing
  • [Flash Page]
  • <!DOCTYPE [None declared]>
  • <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
  • <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" [None declared]>
  • HTTP Response Header
    • Content-Type:text/html
  • Validation
    • HTML Markup fails HTML/Transitional and XHTML/Transitional
    • No CSS.
  • 36 Yelp - Restaurant Reviews, Doctors, Bars, Salons, Dentists and More
  • [Standards]
  • <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/strict.dtd">
  • <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1">
  • HTTP Response Header
    • Content-Type:text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1
  • Validation
    • HTML Markup: Passed validation
    • CSS: Passed validation
  • 37 Zipcar - Car sharing, cars by the hour or day
  • [Standards]
  • <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN">
  • <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1">
  • HTTP Response Header
    • Content-Type:text/html
  • Validation
    • HTML Markup: Failed validation, 35 errors
    • CSS: Passed validation
  • 38 Cheap Airfare, Hotel Reservations, Car Rentals - Kayak.com
  • [Tables/CSS Layout structure amalgamation]
  • <!DOCTYPE [None declared]>
  • <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xml:lang="en" lang="en">
  • <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1" />
  • [Note: Character Encoding mismatch!]
  • HTTP Response Header
    • Content-Type:text/html;charset=utf-8
  • Validation
    • HTML Markup: (XHTML 1.0/Transitional Override in effect) Failed validation, 23 errors
    • CSS: Style sheet and inline styles passed validation
  • 39 Zillow.com - Your Edge in Real Estate
  • [Standards]
  • <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
  • <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" lang="en">
  • <meta http-equiv="Content-type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8"/>
  • HTTP Response Header
    • Content-Type:text/html
  • Validation
    • HTML Markup: Failed validation, 1 error
    • CSS: Passed validation
  • 40 Central Park The Complete Guide at CentralPark.com
  • [Standards]
  • <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/loose.dtd">
  • <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1" />
  • [Note: Character Encoding mismatch!]
  • HTTP Response Header
    • Content-Type:text/html; charset=UTF-8
  • Validation
    • HTML Markup: Failed validation, 81 errors
    • CSS: Passed validation
  • 41 Airfare Predictions, Find Cheap Airline Tickets - Farecast
  • [Standards]
  • <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
  • <meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" />
  • HTTP Response Header
    • Content-Type:text/html;charset=ISO-8859-1
  • Validation
    • HTML Markup: Failed validation, 56 errors
    • CSS: Failed validation, 1 Error
  • 42 HopStop.com - Subway Directions and Bus Directions for New York City (NYC)
  • [Tables]
  • <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN">
  • <META http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8">
  • HTTP Response Header
    • Content-Type:text/html; charset=UTF-8
  • Validation
    • HTML Markup: Failed validation, 97 errors
    • CSS: Passed validation
  • 43 Snap
  • [Standards]
  • <!-- <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd"> -->
  • <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
  • <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8">
  • HTTP Response Header
    • Content-Type:text/html; charset=UTF-8
  • Validation
    • HTML Markup: Failed validation, 129 errors (XHTML 1.0/Transitional)
    • CSS: Unknown: Validator could not parse
  • 44 Order Food Online from Restaurants at SeamlessWeb: Delivery Menus for NYC, LA, SF, DC...
  • [CSS/Tables Layout amalgamation]
  • <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
  • <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" lang="en-US" xml:lang="en-US">
  • <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" [None declared]>
  • HTTP Response Header
    • Content-Type:text/html
  • Validation
    • HTML Markup: Failed validation, 12 errors
    • CSS: Passed validation
  • 45 accoona | SuperTarget Your Search
  • [Standards]
  • <!DOCTYPE [None declared]>
  • <meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8">
  • HTTP Response Header
    • Content-Type:text/html;charset=utf-8
  • Validation
    • HTML Markup: Failed validation, 15 errors [Attempted validation with HTML 4.01/Transitional.]
    • CSS: Failed validation, 1 in page error
  • 46 Pixsy: Visual Search
  • [Tables/CSS Layout amalgamation]
  • <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
  • <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xml:lang="en" lang="en">
  • <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" [None declared]>
  • HTTP Response Header
    • Content-Type:text/html; charset=utf-8
  • Validation
    • HTML Markup: Failed validation, 45 errors
    • CSS: Failed validation, Two style sheets, 11 errors total
  • 47 Argali White & Yellow - the most complete and reliable phone directories search on the Internet
  • [Tables]
  • <!DOCTYPE [None declared]>
  • <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1">
  • HTTP Response Header
    • Content-Type:text/html
  • Validation
    • HTML Markup: Failed validation, 9 errors [Attempted validation with HTML 4.01/Transitional.]
    • CSS: Failed validation, 67 Errors
  • 48 Kosmix
  • [Standards]
  • <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
  • <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
  • <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" [None declared]>
  • HTTP Response Header
    • Content-Type:text/html
  • Validation
    • HTML Markup: Failed validation, 23 errors
    • CSS: Failed validation, 4 Errors
  • 49 Blurb.com : Free Book Publishing Software : Design & Publish Personalized Books
  • [Standards]
  • <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "http://www.w3c.org/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd">
  • <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" [None declared]>
  • HTTP Response Header
    • Content-Type:text/html; charset=UTF-8
  • Validation
    • HTML Markup: Passed validation
    • CSS: Failed validation, 4 Errors
  • 50 Protection from Adware, Spam, Viruses, Online Scams | McAfee SiteAdvisor
  • [Standards]
  • <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
  • <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xml:lang="en" lang="en">
  • <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" />
  • HTTP Response Header
    • Content-Type:text/html
  • Validation
    • HTML Markup: Failed validation, 38 errors
    • CSS: Failed validation, 1 error

And for good measure, we have the actual Time article.

  • 51 50 Coolest Websites
  • [CSS/Tables Layout amalgamation]
  • <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
  • <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
  • <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" [None declared]>
  • HTTP Response Header
    • Content-type:text/html
  • Validation
    • HTML Markup: Failed validation, 115 errors
    • CSS: All style sheets were valid excepting “article_styles.css” which failed

All errors - HTML and CSS - were of the most common sort. All of the errors found in The Most Common HTML Markup Errors, The Most Common CSS Markup Errors and, CSS Vendor-Specific Extensions fail were used by these Fifty Coolest sties (excepting N° 36, Yelp). I must confess my dismay with the above validation results. CSS Reboot Spring 2006 had better results!

No. I don't believe web standards has failed. All blogging tools, e.g., Word Press and Blogger, are standards-based. And, those most popular platforms are an introduction of standards albeit as agents provocateurs. Web 2.0 has purloined several standards-based tools, e.g., CSS. CSS may be found in Web. 2.0 dogma (and, even though Web 2.0 advocates don’t know it, they are forwarding the separation of structure and presentation, aren't they). Anyone who uses CSS as presentation furthers web standards. My gauge for web standards influence may be found with SEO sites. [Note: Not blogs.] Professional sites and vapid sites are using CSS as presentation. Some are all CSS; some are CSS/Tables hybrids. Practicality again. It's those irksome things, e.g., Document Type Definitions (DTDs), Character Sets (CharSets) and Media Types, which need work.

So… Nope. We haven’t failed the web.

Still!

What’s with mass validation comas!


Sean Fraser posted this on August 18, 2006 12:18 PM.

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