Chapter 1. 99.9% of Websites Are Still Obsolete

An equal opportunity disease afflicts nearly every site now on the web, from the humblest personal home pages to the multimillion-dollar sites of corporate giants. Cunning and insidious, the disease goes largely unrecognized because it is based on industry norms. Although their owners and managers might not know it yet, 99.9% of all websites are obsolete.

These sites might look and work all right in mainstream, desktop browsers. But outside these fault-tolerant environments, the symptoms of disease and decay have already started to appear.

In modern versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer, Opera Software’s Opera browser, Apple’s Safari, and Mozilla (the open source, Gecko-based browser whose code drives ...

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