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Lately I have been seeing this on the WordPress Support Forums, that many people have trouble with keeping their themes stick to how they should actually work. Reason, absolutely mashed up XHTML, and sometimes CSS issues. The latter is understandable, especially with the plethora of browsers people use, and all of them rendering the same code in different ways.

But the thing with XHTML is a completely different story. I am seeing tags not being closed, tags being closed in the wrong way, opening tag missing with end tag being present, and what not.

A simple run through the XHTML Validator is enough to give a standards compliant/caring person a heart ache. At this point, its not even about being web savvy or compliant, it just becomes a practical issue of making your website work the way you want it. This is where valid code assumes a practical use rather than trying to make you a computer genius or whatever.

Most of the WordPress themes available are more often than not valid for their respective DOCTYPE declaration. The problem is the code in the posts themselves. They use tags not formatted properly, or just completely in the wrong way with respect to the DOCTYPE of the page, and the result is you get a big Red Banner on the validator results informing you that the page is not valid.

The core code that WordPress spits out itself is valid (this is where the “Code is Poetry” part really stands out), but users include stuff in their post that is totally messed up, and then what they get is a page that looks totally opposite of how it should actually look like.

WordPress users should really take care of what they put in their post, if only every blog running WordPress would validate perfectly for the respective DOCTYPE, then the WordPress community would possibly be the largest group of internet users running beautiful websites and beautiful code as well. Now that would rock!!!:)

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Woohoo .. its finally out .. the wait is over .. WP 2.0 🙂

Download counter is already fast approaching the 1K mark .. it should pick up more pace later, since half of the world is already in deep slumber ..

WordPress has a new look as well .. they are still cranking out some bugs and errors, but the new design looks sweet ..

Can’t wait to get my hands working on 2.0 .. but looks like its going to have to wait for an hour or so, since I am stuck working on some stuff right now .. 😦

I never had time until now to really concentrate on WP as much as I would have liked to ..

But things have definitely changed over the past week or so, and today I was looking around the WP Support forums, and it really amazed me that so much activity takes place .. I myself have posted at least 10 or so times in the past hour or two ..

I guess I found a new tab that needs to be open 24/7 on my FF 🙂

It definitely feels nice to help out as much as I possibly can when people are having issues with their blogs ..

Alright, since anyone could create a wordpress.com blog now without invites, and unfortunately I couldn’t get an invite earlier, I decided I was going to get one.

The idea is to make this blog my WordPress blog, meaning all things wordpress, themes, plug-in hacks, or even hacks to the core to “extend”, “enhance” or “customize” wordpress .. well basically all my work related to wordpress .. 🙂

Right now waiting for the release of WP 2.0 .. yay .. more later

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