Proprietary CSS rules – Are we returning to 1995?

Call me a cynic, but posts like this one on the Surfin’ Safari blog worry me a little. Let me explain…

I don’t know if anyone remembers back to the days of Netscape 4 and Explorer 3.5? – It was a time of table based layouts and browser sniffing. Each browser had it’s own “feature” set and this resulted in hacks galore, for example Netscape had “Layers” but Explorer didn’t, Explorer had feature X but Netscape didn’t.

Along came Web Standards and the likes of Jeffrey Zeldman fighting for a standards based approach to web development. Over a decade on, it looks like were finally getting there as even Microsoft slowly start to get things right with IE7.

As cool as the CSS Transform stuff looks, I can’t help but think we’re stepping right back into 1995.

What does everyone else think?

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Hi, I am the Managing Director of SonicIQ Limited in the UK. I have been working in the web development industry since 1999 and have been running SonicIQ since 2001. Currently Ruby On Rails is my preferred development platform. I am experienced in designing with web standards, HTML5, CSS3 and Javascript.

2 thoughts on “Proprietary CSS rules – Are we returning to 1995?”

  1. Your right. You can like a standard or dislike it. You might hate the fact the most standards on data are xml but they are the standards. We all should work on improve them and not impose our very own closed dialect.

    If they forked css and extended it now the process should be to merge it into branch. Talking like a developer, ofc. But the same applies to standards..

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