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Mark Trammell (24 Oct 2005)
University Web design courses are an ideal time to start young developers thinking in terms of separation of content from aesthetics and behavior, but unfortunately, this is rarely the case. If the correspondence I receive from students in higher education Web design courses is a true barometer, academia is not keeping up with the Web’s progression. Students often complain of being taught development practices circa 1998, at best. Photoshop slicing and table-based layouts rule the day in most courses and the Web suffers for it.

Unfortunately, this is changing much too slowly. Almost invariably, the department-level committees that assign teaching assignments have no knowledge of Web standards. This results in the showily artistic computer science professor or most technologically savvy art professor teaching Web design courses through tools like Dreamweaver without regard for underpinning. There are exceptions, of course, but they are scarce.
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