Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder
Other People's Ornery Geekery
Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2003 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.
This is what happens when you design by committee. There's always a posse of sharpnosed little nerds at the back who treat software design-to-spec like they were running a D&D game....The comment's author has just discovered Need To Know, which makes me glad.
The huge sense of self importance you detect in most CSS/XHTML evangelists stems from their utter elation at finally pummelling their design expectations and wrestling with buggy CSS implementations until they finally compromise in some Israel/Palestine sense of the word.