Jacob Kaplan-Moss

A note to web designers

I wrote this post in 2005, more than 17 years ago. It may be very out of date, partially or totally incorrect. I may even no longer agree with this, or might approach things differently if I wrote this post today. I rarely edit posts after writing them, but if I have there'll be a note at the bottom about what I changed and why. If something in this post is actively harmful or dangerous please get in touch and I'll fix it.

When a job listing says it requires knowledge of web standards, don’t bother applying if you haven’t changed your markup since 1998.

From the web page of a designer applying for the senior designer position at World Online:

<META NAME=GENERATOR CONTENT="Adobe PageMill 3.0 Mac">

Dude, don’t even bother.

(If your markup is better than that and you want to work for the best online news team in the world, why not apply?)