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Why is Google not standards compliant?


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If for some weird reason you haven't ever noticed, Google's homepage isn't exactly ultra feature packed and complicated (I'm talking about the regular page, not if you have custom ajaxy google stuff).

If you take the time to send it through the W3's validator you'll also notice it's not HTML compliant. Now, I'm guessing that google test their front page under every browser known to mankind, but why the hell is something so very simple not HTML compliant. Seriously, how hard can it be.

Are there some kind of weird non standard hacks that they have, what gives?

Also, is there something wrong with me that I notice these things?

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Well first thing noted is the fact that they don't declare a doctype in the source. (ex: <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/strict.dtd">)

Additionally, is appears that there sense of html is crap because of the messed up attribute values and even attributes that don't exist or are misworded.

Who knows why it's this way. Could be a mistake. They may have just wrote the page one day, saw that it worked and said, "screw it, it works, don't mess with it". Or there could be a legit reason for why it's this way.

And no, there's not something wrong with you. I've done the same on other sites. Especially when I'm working the graveyard shift and bored.

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The reasion why the home page is so simple is because when google first styarted the developers didnt know html, this might have something to do with why it isnt standard complient.

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