Validate, or Don’t!

I have always considered myself an observer. I watch everything — particularly people, because then I can attempt to interpret their behaviour and make little profiles in my head. I love to watch ‘weblog circles’. These are little circles of friends which all link to one another, and then someone in that circle links to another person from another circle who then all tend to link to each other (this is how new weblogs are usually found).

Some of these circles are easier to get into than others. I mean, there are some where you just exchange a few comments and you’re linked already, and then there are those you link to forever and can’t seem to “connect with”. How do you get into these circles without spending countless hours chatting on an IM program (which I refuse to do)?

Anyway, this isn’t about the circles in general, just one in particular: the “we’re validated but don’t preach” circle/clique/club. A few months ago when the validating trend hit the personal site/weblog scene, the majority of my friends validated and starting preaching about those who didn’t, discussing how terrible they were/etc. Then, as with all things, came along the rebels. Those who refused to validate, even though they could. All of a sudden, the preachers realised they were making enemies of those who didn’t validate, and started prattling on about how they’d never said that validating was all that good, that validating wasn’t necessary for a great site/etc. Some people even started writing about how people were getting obsessed with validating and that it wasn’t everything.

Why the heck is all this happening? If you’re into validating; if you can create a page that is considered valid by the recommendations and “standards” set by the w3c — why hide that ability away simply to please other people? If you cannot stand IE and think that those who use it and design for it need a kick up the arse, why not say it? I’m fed up with people arsing about the topic. If you don’t validate — hey, personal choice and all.. but if you do — stand up and be proud. Be proud of the fact that you’ve created a website that is more-than-likely going to be cross-browser compatible. Be proud of the fact that you can close your tags, code in lowercase and give attributes surrounding quotes. Stop sitting on the back row telling people not to make a fuss and then crying when your pages don’t validate. Either be a validator, be proud of that fact and boast it.. or shut the hell up whinging when your coding doesn’t quite make it. You can’t have it both ways.

Elite Cliques

Let’s talk about elite cliques. No, I’m not talking about a good ol’ whinge because I haven’t been accepted (I haven’t tried recently), nor am I talking about the usual rant on how acting elite is bad (I love being elite). This is a rant/observation on cliques that think they’re elite when they’re not. At… read full entry »

Review of

Reviewed: Louise Site URL: My first impressions are that of disorganisation, and not because of your site. You put your domain under a subdomain to hide from someone and then moved it back to the main domain – yet didn’t bother to contact anyone to notify them of the URL change. The graphic notice… read full entry »

College and a New Book

I worked harder this morning than I’ve ever worked in my entire “college career”. I had to finish my database assignment which was due in today. Actually, truthfully, it was due in about three weeks ago, but let us not go there. Basically, I forgot most of what I was supposed to do. Heyho, done… read full entry »

Review of

Reviewed: Brian Site URL: The first thing I notice about your website is that it’s very tidy. It’s rare that I come across a personal or hobby website which takes such a professional approach to design. The subtle colour scheme compliments the crisp style of the layout, and is supported with individual images for… read full entry »

Learning PHP at WE

So, my week started with three slow days — I basically spent the time waiting for other people to get off their arses so I could get on with what I needed to do. However, yesterday picked up and I ended up doing an entire weeks project in a day. Well, a morning if you… read full entry »

Work Experience

I may be somewhat slack in blogging over the next two weeks due to my being on work experience (which I’m sure I already mentioned?) Basically my job for the next week (at least) is to create a web front end for the college technicians which allows them to see what PCs need which custom… read full entry »

Review of

Reviewed: Ronnie Site URL: Vomit coloured content boxes; awesome! I’m not sure which to criticise first: the colours you picked from the top image as your ‘base’ colours, or the image itself. Obviously the distorted effect suits your the domain name and therefore ties in. However, the effect doesn’t suit the photograph. I’d have… read full entry »

No Nofollow!

Link: NO NOFOLLOW Following Google’s recent rel=”nofollow” development which is being added to blog systems and the like in the effort to combat spam, there’s now a “no nofollow” website. Somewhat pathetically designed (edit 24th jan: it’s been redesigned) and unfortunately in German (with an English footnote), I don’t think it’s going to achieve anything…. read full entry »

Merry Christmas!

I know I’ve already done this once, and individually for many, but I wanted to re-post a ‘Merry Festive Season’ notice for all. Whatever you celebrate (if you celebrate), have a good one. Remember to have fun, drink responsibly, don’t feed your pets ‘off’ turkey. ;)

Review of

Reviewed: Elizabeth Site URL: I am reviewing what I assume is your default skin; “A Special Hiding Place”. Gosh, another site that seems to be aimed at those running high-speed connections. Slowly, I see a delightful photograph appear in front of my eyes. Despite the pointless ‘line’ effect you’ve added to it, it gives… read full entry »

Christmas Spirit?

I have noticed while browsing other people’s blogs a general increase in the publication of opinions on various subjects recently. From breastfeeding in avatars, to 13yr olds in love. It’s the Christmas season, where is the love? I’d like to think that some of you remember your youth. Christmas is a time to let the… read full entry »