Jeffrey Zeldman. The godfather of web standards, the guy who first got me hooked on CSS and HTML, and who introduced me to WordPress. Zeldman.
10 years later? Zeldman.com uses a theme I helped make for WordPress.
Mind. F’ing. Blown.
I love my job. Thank you, Jeffrey, for getting me started and for continuing to inspire.
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If you are passionate about a cause, preach it loudly and clearly, and see it as the best way to do things, you are labeled a zealot.
If you keep your head down and stay out of the shouting matches, often ignoring them simply because you don’t have the time or energy, you are labeled as complacent.
The middle ground, if there is one, is to be pragmatic. Embrace standards and strive to meet them as much as possible, but know when to give in and just get the job done. Or better yet, build something the right way, and lead by example.
I’m ashamed it’s taken me all these years to come to this realization, but hey—better late than never.