Slashdot going CSS

Slashdot, ones of the grand-daddies of the weblog, is finally throwing away the aging HTML 3.2 with massive table-based layouts, and replacing it with more compliant HTML + cascading stylesheet. It is currently beta testing on Slashcode, the Perl-based CMS that powers Slashdot.

It almost validates to... Oh wait?! To HTML 4.01 with ISO-8859-1, W3C's recommendation back in 1999, when the whole world is moving onto XHTML 1.0 and UTF-8?! Wow. Slashdot has finally adapted to the technology of the last millennium!!

Try harder, Taco! Maybe until next time...

At least it got rid of all these HTML tables, replacing with DIV's and proper fluid layout. Interestingly there was a workshop article on Australian Personal Computer in September's issue, titled "Turning the Table", authored by David Emberton, whom should be remembered for writing against web standard and accessibility. How time (and acknowledgement of reality) will change!

Update 22 September 2005: Apparently Slashdot in CSS is now live on their website. Still HTML4 strict. But it feels so much faster...

Slashdot's own news item on their conversion.