[SATLUG] Southwest Airlines Web Site

Nate pixelnate at gmail.com
Sun Feb 20 03:39:40 CST 2011

On 2/19/11 1:10 PM, Bruce Dubbs wrote:
> Nate Turnage wrote:
>> Easy, there, Charlie. This site was built by GSD&M in Austin, and 
>> they're pretty good at what they do. The site is built with .NET, but 
>> GSD&M is probably a mixed environment of Macs (for the designers) and 
>> Windows PCs (for the web developers). The Southwest site has surely 
>> been tested on both of those platforms, in multiple browsers. And if 
>> the site has been tested in both mozilla and webkit browsers on those 
>> platforms, then surely it is the fault of Google and the Mozilla 
>> Corp. that it doesn't work on linux.
> Well, I'm not impressed.  The site main page has 74 html errors and 93 
> html warnings.  There should be *no* os dependencies in a web site.  
> It doesn't matter if I'm using BSD, Hurd, or OS/2.  As long as the 
> browser is W3C compliant, the web page should run properly.

I said they are good at what they do, but you're right, the site doesn't 
validate. Could be a [shudder] Sharepoint site. Those sites never 
validate. For some reason, it is very difficult to set a doctype 
(southwest.com has none), and the code doesn't follow a strict HTML or 
XHTML structure. So there is nothing for the validator to check it against.

But there are a number of properly coded sites that do not validate 
either. Some of the best HTML5 sites on the web don't fully validate.


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