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Natalie Jost put together a print-ready poster, available as a PDF file, which describes the benefit of standards-friendly development techniques in a visual way. It’s behind a link within the entry in question.

Try it, you might like it. It’s one of those "I wish I’d thought of that" things.

I’d first thought not to mention the poster here, but then I considered all of the programmers I’ve worked with over the years who think "oh, we need to include content or interface bits that are laid out a certain way, so let’s use a table to specify their layout."

Stretch tnings out across enough includes and all of those tables start to run together. Thence hilarity ensues the first time a producer makes a mistake, or something on the server breaks… and this "nutshell" poster makes it easy to grasp how simply that outcome can be avoided.

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#1 On April 17th, 2006 5:25 pm Pig Pen - Web Standards Compliant Web Design Blog » Blog Archive » Standards In A Nutshell replied:

[...] Standards In A Nutshell has a simple PDF available displaying separation of content, presentation and behaviour. (via WaSP) [...]

#2 On April 17th, 2006 10:26 pm Chris Ruppel replied:

Hilarious and true! I’m hanging this up at work.

#3 On April 19th, 2006 2:24 pm Jules replied:

Another striking example I found was Anne Van Kesteren’s rebuild of a Dutch government site and in his announcement, he showed screen shots of the HTML code both before and after the rebuild.

#4 On August 20th, 2006 5:05 pm Tables vs Tableless replied:

[...] Oddly enough, the "Converting to CSS with minimal tables" thread is already addressing this… go read that one, without getting bogged down in the details of the stylesheet examples. Also, the resources posts at the top of the forum are good for an afternoon’s worth of browsing, whether all at once or a bite at a time. And finally, a visual representation of the benefirts from a production angle: Print-ready poster: separation in a nutshell – The Web Standards Project [...]

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