View Full Version : How do I explain the value of standards to non technical people?

02-13-2003, 12:50 AM
You know, like, appreciating the value of standards-compliant, semantically rich markup, and how it's so much more valuable than having a site which looks pretty in netscape 4 ...

... but how do I explain that to my MD ? Anyone know a good reference, or a couple of paragraphs that just say it all like haiku poetry.

02-13-2003, 02:00 AM
from standards, comes peace.
productivity abounds.
the lotus blossoms.

this code has not found the Tao (http://search.hotwired.com/webmonkey/default.asp?query=standards&Submit=-%3E+GO+-%3E).
snow covers the land.

02-13-2003, 02:08 AM
wise man say, he who finds enlightenment through standards-compliant coding, be very much knowledgeable in the ways of the web, when so many are confused and blind.

wise man say, this man should look inside for the words to say to MD, who will listen because he will see and respect the tao of design that is acheived by a person attaining enlightenment of standards-compliancy, and the expression of the innermost chi.

wise man say, there is much beauty in the way a good coder can make his lines flow. This surely great man can do many things that will amaze and wonder those who understand not the way of the true samurai coder.


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::] krycek [::
: - master - :
::] shogan [::
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02-13-2003, 02:20 AM
people can rejoice
a standards coder is here
winter can now end

the flower of code
blooms from standards obeyance
spring is upon us

even the foolish
see that through enlightenment
summer can remain

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::] krycek [::
: - master - :
::] shogan [::
'-::] || [::-'

02-13-2003, 02:40 AM
Originally posted by brothercake
1...How do I explain the value of standards to non technical people?
2...how it's so much more valuable than having a site which looks pretty in netscape 4 ...

1...ya just a dont® evvven try.../me bets theyyyd just a nod® n' smile n' say...oh??? iii see...in just a polite® kinda way while alll the time praying ya dont just a notice/hear/see® the plane flying over their head...hehehe...

2.../me n' her trusty netscrap4.7 would just a beg® to differ...:OŽ

02-13-2003, 02:59 AM
Get Lynx and
show them what
Google sees

Hit them in the pocketbook - always. :D

02-13-2003, 03:12 AM
I took my best stab at it here (http://www.peterbailey.net/site/standards/)

Haikus, eh? You'll probably like this (http://www.scottandrew.com/ns4.html), assuming you haven't already seen it :D

02-13-2003, 03:40 AM
I'm not sure you can effectively argue the importance of standards to non-techie people. You can relate analagies with automobiles (bumper height for example), or something else common to their lives, but I don't think you can directly emphasize it to them.

02-13-2003, 10:23 AM
I like the cars approach: think along the lines of non-compatible freeways, six different kinds of non-intermixable gas, steering wheels behaving differently in various brand cars; maybe that'll drive the argument home!

02-14-2003, 07:38 PM
Put it in simple terms, like if i was going to explain htpasswrd for authentication i would explain it as a locked box and only the key could open and see inside where as all could see the outside.

relate to something simple