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Standards? We don’t need no stinkin’ standards!

Interesting article here about Google and how they do markup on their search page.

Apparently, they have determined that not closing the <body> and <html> tags on their pages somehow has a performance benefit, and so ignore what most people would consider to be Markup 101 (not to mention the other ‘issues’ mentioned there).

I wonder how long it will be till someone brings up this issue to me as a reason why markup validation doesn’t matter. 

When building an e-Com system, my business partner and I have at some point in the past come up with the conclusion that just because Amazon does something, doesn’t necessarily mean it is a good practice to follow.  I think the same can be said about eBay, Google, <insert mammoth system here>, etc.

I’m still going to try to write valid markup when I can.

posted on Friday, July 31, 2009 10:53 PM Print
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# re: Standards? We don’t need no stinkin’ standards!
Aaron Erickson
8/1/2009 10:35 AM
I dunno - my thoughts are that when your page views start to be measured in the billions and up, a different physics of whether standards or speed is more important start to creep in. Things that are of tiny benefit don't matter until you are at mammoth scale.

Chances are, when you are at that level, a company like google can afford a lot of testers to make sure that the journey from standards they are taking still renders in all the browsers that they intend to serve.
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# re: Standards? We don’t need no stinkin’ standards!
jdn
8/1/2009 2:17 PM
No doubt, but I think it undercuts anything else they say about what they want to be in HTML5 if they don't support it.

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