There’s an article on Adobe/Macromedia’s Developer’s center about supporting Webstandards, exhorting us to develop with them. As far as I’m concerned they’re preaching to the choir. However, I wonder if this means that the company will get behind Webstandards for their products. I’m looking at you ColdFusion.
Now, for the most part, it is very easy to write Webstandards based HTML/XHTML with ColdFusion. That is as long as you aren’t using Flash Forms, or <cfchart>. Basically anything that embeds Flash uses the backward compatible Flash embedding, and <cfchart> even in .jpg or .png mode still creates image embedding code that isn’t Webstandards compliant.
I understand the need to balance the ideal of Webstandards compliance against actually working with the browsers that people are actually using. But can’t we have a boolean on those tags that embed content that developers can use to choose for themselves to support old browsers. Maybe we could even pass in a HTML/XHTML version to comply with.
Not that I don’t love the work that the ColdFusion development team has done, but Adobe brought it up. And this isn’t the first time I’ve said this: ColdFusion and Valid Code.