Cobbler’s Children

Monday, 7 December 2009

Probably the best rea­son to call for good web stan­dard prac­tices and a con­sis­tent and log­i­cal ap­proach to build­ing web­sites is the ease with which such good plan­ning en­ables fu­ture-proof­ing and up­grad­ing how a site looks. In 2002, when I started this thing, I was blindly mov­ing about us­ing WYSIWYG, think­ing I knew what CSS was and how RSS worked. Now that I’ve got my head around that, and know how to build lean, se­man­tic markup, ac­knowl­edge the power that tags can have and un­der­stand first-hand the im­por­tance of ac­ces­si­bil­ity in ex­pand­ing the web ex­pe­ri­ence, I of­ten want to go back and clean up all the dusty cor­ners of this site, mak­ing each post pass all of the var­i­ous tests that ex­ist to test web­pages.

I’ve been, every once in a mo­ment, when I have a mo­ment, been work­ing on a re­design. HTML5 and CSS3, ex­cel­lent ty­pog­ra­phy and a new it­er­a­tion of the min­i­mal de­sign aes­thetic that’s be­come the norm here. I’ve been work­ing on it for months, but it is still only barely started. It takes more time to fig­ure out where I left off than it does to make changes and up­dates to the de­sign. It’s the cobbler’s chil­dren.