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Why standards-compliant HTML matters (17 Jan 2005)
Building for an intranet with a very controlled park of machines and browsers is not really an argument against standards-compliant building, but may only be considered in combination with other, more compelling factors. Indeed, while designing for one browser may save a bit of effort, or provide extra possibilities, it also increases the reliance of the site on external factors you have no control over: not only could the browsers change, following a company-wide policy reversal, but the company making the browser could choose to evolve the software's technical characteristics in future versions. With standards-compliant code, you're safe in both cases.
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