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A Dao of Web Design by John Allsopp is a document that stands outside of time. It was a perfectly crafted message for its own era, and amazingly it’s even more relevant now, a full fathom fifteen years later.

We once took on the tropes of print design and tried to apply them to the web. I fear that today we run the risk of treating web development no different to other kinds of software development, ignoring the strengths of the web that John highlighted for us. Flexibility, ubiquity, and uncertainty: don’t fight them as bugs; embrace them as features.

Fanning the flames

There’s a new issue of A List Apart out today. As Richard put it:

Jeremy dares to clash with the mighty Zeldman.

Though I find Shaun’s description cuter:

Morpheus is fighting Neo!

To be honest, there’s nothing really new in the article I’ve written. In 2000 words, I managed to squeeze out one decent sentence:

The proposed default behavior for version targeting in Internet Explorer solves the problem of “breaking the web” in much the same way that decapitation solves the problem of headaches.

For a better, more impassioned rebuttal of the IE8’s default version targeting behaviour, I’d recommend just reading my original blog post, Broken and its follow-up Still Broken. I’m starting to feel somewhat jaded and exhausted about the whole thing. I can understand why Eric gave up trying to convince Chris and co. that the default behaviour is wrong.

I will be going to MIX08 in Las Vegas at the start of March to meet with the IE team but though they might be willing to listen to opposing viewpoints, I get the sinking feeling that their position on default behaviour is not reversible.