March 22nd, 2004 • 11:04 pm
I don’t know what MacBU developer Rick Schaut uses to create his blog pages, but if it’s a Microsoft product (and there is some reason to suspect that it is), it doesn’t reflect well either on the company or on him as a software user personally.
If you go to this page, for example, you’ll see that, in a single web page, Rick manages to use a mix of at least four different fonts: Verdana, Arial, Times New Roman, and Garamond.
Needless to say, it’s not pretty. A look at the HTML code of the page doesn’t bring any comfort either, what with
font face tags, tag arguments without quotes, and CSS style definitions that include absolute font sizes in points.
Yuck. And with all that, Rick has the nerve to include this line:
<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" >
at the top of the page. Needless to say, Rick’s page is not valid HTML 4.0 Transitional code!
And it gets worse: If you check his XML feed using popular Mac OS X news aggregator NetNewsWire, you’ll see that Rick’s feed also manages to causes NetNewsWire to render text in all kinds of different fonts.
I am afraid I can only view this as a confirmation of the endemic level of sloppiness that characterizes most of what Microsoft produces.