Devs warn: don't get lax on code

Developers have taken to their blogs to warn those in the web industry to be mindful of their code. If careful attention isn’t paid to code output, or the wrong assumptions are made, this can heavily impact on projects, reducing usability or leading to major bugs and rendering issues.

Web Directions co-founder and software developer John Allsopp wrote in a piece about HTML5 that you don’t have to quote attribute values—until you do. The syntax of HTML5 is far looser than that of XHTML, and some developers take advantage of this, not closing tags or quoting attribute values. Reasons for doing so may vary between laziness or an attempt to shave every byte from a file. “Think of the bytes saved! The billions of developer hours saved no longer having to type “ pr ‘,” remarked Allsopp, with more than a hint of sarcasm.

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