Exclusive: New Yahoo! homepage [May 15, 2006] was seen on Read/WriteWeb. I went to see Yahoo’s redesign but was greeted with an error page. It would seem that Yahoo has undergone 2 Tone Malarkification. Albeit, in reverse. It works in IE 6 and Firefox 1.5 but not Safari nor anything else.
And, for those that don’t have Safari:
The IE 6 version works swell. Firefox 1.5 on a PC works swell but try Firefox 1.5 on a Mac: it's not swell. [Note: If you try Yahoo.com on Firefox/Mac and get the original version, enter “preview” in the URL and you’ll be taken to the new version.] Safari gets the above teaser screenshot but, if you are patient and wait a few moments, you’ll be refreshed to the original design.
It’s an interesting development by Yahoo. Especially, after one reads Yahoo! Developers: Setting a Standard for the New Professionalism by Molly E. Holzschlag [February 14th, 2006].
And, for those who follow such things, we've got the following.
It fails validation.
- 11 errors according to the W3C Markup Validation Services.
- 11 errors according to the W3C Style Sheet Validation Services.
Less than 7% error rate.
Yahoo has done commendable work towards web standards with it’s redesign. And, whereas, I agree with sentiment that validation does not equal Web Standards [See Web Standards = 100% Validation? (October 12, 2004)], it would have been nice if Yahoo had run the validator and corrected common errors, e.g., there is no attribute “TOPMARGIN”. And, if they had made their site all-browsers-friendly.
Still, it is commendable.
[Update: Yahoo did what they said they would; the new design supports Safari. (July 11, 2006.)]