[SATLUG] Southwest Airlines Web Site

mark mark at kandm-solutions.com
Sun Feb 20 10:05:23 CST 2011

Properly coded...don't validate. Seems like an oxymoron. I guess
properly coded is not being defined here as following standards. I know
some things can only be done certain ways, and that those ways will not
always validate, but if you use them you are not following standards and
because of that they are often not cross platform. And sometimes their
meant to not follow standards for specific reasons...(vendor lock in),
yes this is a shot at Microsoft.

As Bruce said, a web site should not be OS dependent. As long as your
using a modern W3C compliant browser it should work.

On Sun, 2011-02-20 at 03:39 -0600, Nate wrote:
> 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.
> ~Nate

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