Senior HTML Writers (Coders?)

Subject: Senior HTML Writers (Coders?)
From: Steve Fouts <stefou -at- ESKIMO -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 10 Oct 1996 16:09:43 GMT

Elna Tymes <Etymes -at- lts -dot- com> wrote in article <325C4154 -dot- 54B8 -at- lts -dot- com>...
| Employers ask for all sorts of unrealistic qualifications. One of the
| better ones I saw recently was someone looking for a web designer with
| 5+ years of HTML experience. <head whipping around> Excuse me? Does
| everyone else on this list understand why that's ridiculous?

The answer to the question is, "No, probably not." Here is
why:

HTTP has been in use by the World-Wide Web global information
initiative since 1990. The Web grew at a rather flat rate for
several years and was a relatively minor protocol until about
1993 or 1994. The user rate (and by extrapolation, the number
of developers) has been doubling every four to six months on
the web for the last two or three years. That would mean that
less than 1% of the web developers out there can TRUTHFULLY
claim to have three years experience with HTML.

Add to this the fact that the HTML 2.0 standard was written in
1995. HTML 3.0 never became a standard because, "The differences
between HTML 2.0 and HTML 3.0 were sufficiently large that standardization
and deployment proved unwieldy."

The quote is from the World Wide Web Consortium's web page.
(http://www.w3.org)

Even the currently proposed 3.2 standard lags far behind the
Microsoft and Netscape browsers, so anything you knew about
HTML in 1994 is hopelessly obsolete.

Steve
stefou -at- eskimo -dot- com


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