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Thu, Dec. 27th, 2007 03:19 pm
Pick Opera: Top 10 blog events of 2007

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(Anonymous)
Thu, Dec. 27th, 2007 11:15 pm (UTC)
body & soul

Separation of content and style (specifically, HTML/XML and CSS) has been the dogmatic pursuit of Web developers (myself included) for at least half a decade now. Flexible designs like blog templates are a product of this push. Ultimately it's led to a much better, more accessible Web, and a more stylistically diverse one.

Google Reader, much like the original Web, is style-free browsing. This fact is what gives it its flexibility. As more people start using it, however, we might see XML-based feed standards start to include a modern counterpart to the crufty formatting of browser-wars-era HTML. I, for one, am not looking forward to it. If print designers and marketers had their way, every Web page would be a giant bitmap or flash presentation. If you love your content, set it free.

The future might hold an interesting middle ground. Check out HTML5.

--LS


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