Step out of the way of the professional

Scott Andrew is so money. I sympathize with his recent CSS rant because I have done and still do client-side development (Markup, JS, CSS). I stay away from technical issues at work because I'm not a CS person or a sysadmin. I'm sure the same advice applies elsewhere.

    I don't see any value in listening to opinions on web standards from people who don't even do web design, especially when it's fairly clear they don't really care. And I'm really tired of seeing web designers and developers being treated as second-class citizens by people who don't even live in the same world. To them I say: step aside, and let us professionals do our jobs.

    Client-side dev is hard enough as it is without people who don't do web design and don't care about web design grandstanding about topics they have no real interest in.

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Scott Andrew is so full of bull...

I sympathize with Scott and jibbajabba, because I also do client-side work form time to time. It is indeed a thankless job. However, I am sick of "professionals" who want to annex the entire web design experience for themselves. For someone to go on such a rant is preposterous. Most web designers and developers are treated much better than second-class citizens until they begin to belittle the opinion of others.

Fortunately, the web is open for anyone with a text editor and a half-ounce of common sense, not just those who have the time and client base to pursue advanced study. CSS is an incomplete standard that in my opinion is not much less prone to browser differences than tables, despite what the W3C, Zeldman, or Scott Andrew says.

If you want to allow only the use of XHTML, CSS, and the other standards then go right ahead. Just don't huff and turn your nose up at those who have more interest in presenting information (whether that's an outstanding aggregation of information architecture resources or 10 pictures of their pet rabbit Fluffy) by the simplest means necessary than stressing over every little pixel on the screen.


Boy, rabbits sure are popular on the web these days.

In all seriousness, I like to stay away from the issues where my experience is lacking -- one area being server administation, another being usability testing. I know the web has created an environment where one can acquire a lot of skills and wear many hats on the job. But I tend to think that I can be more valuable if I concentrate my efforts in understanding 1 or 2 areas of the process very well so I can lend to projects some knowledge based on experience and training. I don't want to dilute my skills by being a little bit of a scripter, a little bit of a project manager, etc.

Anyway, that's what I took away from Scott's post. I've certainly not found CSS to be ready for prime time at my place of work, where the corporate standard browser is Netcrap 4.7. And since I work at the place that invented UNIX, I know that there are a good deal of researchers using Netscape on X-terminals -- I've seen many of them. Sigh.