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Part: I Houston, We Have a Problem > Designing and Building with Standards

Chapter Two. Designing and Building with Standards

How did designers and developers produce sites before web standards were created and before browsers supported them? Any which way they could. Consider Suck.com, one of the web's earliest and wittiest independent periodicals [2.1]. Suck possessed a sharp writing style and had the smarts to slap its daily content right on the front page, where readers couldn't miss it. It sounds obvious today, but in the mid-1990s, when Suck debuted, most sites buried their content behind splash pages, welcome pages, mission statements, and confusing “Table of Contents” pages.

2.1. Suck didn't. A decidedly bright site from the pioneering days of the commercial web (www.suck.com).



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