Why don't they validate?

You know what I noticed in my hosting company research? Nobody's home page is valid. Of the few dozen I've looked at so far, not a single one has had a home page that goes throught the W3C's HTML validator cleanly.

To me, that's a real turn-off. I know that the vast majority of web sites in existence are, frankly, complete and total garbage from a coding standpoint. I can accept that. I can even accept that many of them have a good reason for being complete and total garbage, like a sickeningly expensive legacy CMS. But for tech companies that exist almost entirely on the web, and many of which offer web design services, this is just disgraceful. To me, it indicates that they just don't take their web design work seriously.

And you know what? It's not the fact that some of them have crappy markup that bothers me. It's not even the fact that most of them have crappy markup. It's that all of them do. Out of all those sites, I would have expected at least a couple of them to have valid markup.

Is this really too much to ask? I mean, it's almost 2007, for crying out loud! Get with the program, people! At the very least, take a little damn pride in your work and put up a site with half-decent code. Remember, just because it looks good doesn't mean it is good.

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