Front-End Architects

_Right off the top of my head, I see ASP.Net’s initial and complete disregard for web standards and Websphere’s equally dismal use of web standards (We’re talking tables and spacer gifs here.) as being the perfect examples. These are huge frameworks used on enterprise projects that output markup that would look bad even by 1999 standards.

How is it possible that such large and ‘professional’ products could ignore what is arguably the easiest aspect of the whole project? The static code. The reason is that, while I’m sure both products are great from a technical standpoint, the markup, CSS, and other client-side technologies were a complete afterthought. Presentation logic, markup, and behavior are all intermingled with nary a thought towards accessibility, web standards, or clean separation of the front-end technologies. Raise your hand if you think that’s an acceptable practice in 2006._

Garrett Dimon / The Time is Now for Front-End Architects