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    Senior Member chrisHPZ's Avatar
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    Hi WDF members. This has been on my mind lately and wanted to get everyone's opinion. As I'm sure many of you know, certain CSS 3 properties will not as of yet validate according to the W3C's validator. So I really have to wonder what the importance of 100% clean code is. I've heard that it adds to search engine crawling, but honestly can't comment on that. SEO is the least of my skills and knowledgebase. Aside from Microsoft's unwillingness to keep up with the other browsers and their support for CSS 3, I can't see anything wrong with using code that IE doesn't yet support. IE hack's provide for a workaround to such properties like gradient-fills and rounded corners. With that being said, does invalid code really hurt a website?


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    Junior Member JayOne's Avatar
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    I'm not using CSS3 or HTML 5 at the moment. It's not that I'm old fashioned, I am keeping up to date and practising with both but in production code I stick to HTML 4, a strict doctype and CSS2.

    I've been able to achieve almost anything I need to over the years with CSS2 and HTML 4. Until HTML 5 and CSS3 are widely supported by all browsers I am not going to make the move.

    As for gradients, I'm still using 1px wide, Npx high images. The additional server request, and the 100th of a millisecond added to page load wins over hacking IE imo. The same with rounded corners. A single image sprite with all 4 corners works well for me.

    It's the recent spout of design trends from high profile web designers that cause the mad hype and rush to jump on HTML 5 and CSS3 and often people feel behind the trend if they are not using it.

    As long as you know the code is correct it shouldn't really matter. You can correct and prove to anyone that wants to comment on your non valid CSS3.

    My 2c.

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    Senior Member Webzarus's Avatar
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    CSS 2.1 has been re-published again ( 3rd time ), as a recommendation.

    Only the color module of CSS 3 has been recommended, there are 39 other modules in the works.

    Until all modules are recommended, browser engines can only try to support and render properly and like other browsers.

    When asked, I always urge designers to code to a known standard. You're more likely to create stable designs and code by using standards that are not likely to change.

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