You know, this thought has been floating about in my head for a while, but I figure since I am stuck at home today with a broken alternator, I would take the time to flesh it out into a post.
There is definitely a sort of heirarchy in the world o’ web geekery. If I had the time, I could probably come up with a sort of tree outline like brunching shuttlecock’s famous Geek Hierarchy. But this is the best that I can do on short notice and with little effort and thought applied. Please bear in mind that this is A JOKE…
Untouchable Caste: Those who own FrontPage and have figured out how to FTP. Sorta.
This is a local, believe it or not fairly successful, company. It’s all there on painful display. The FrontPage “leaves” template. The animated gif that apparently serves no useful purpose. The use of butt-ugly horizontal rules to separate the two lines of actual content that exist on the homepage. I can ridicule it because I’ve designed worse when I first started.
Laborer Caste: Those who are actually proficient with FrontPage and know actual HTML.
Okay, this is the local homebuilders’ association. You know these guys have enough money to get a better site than this. They’re using Comic Sans in the menu for crying out loud! Because, apparently, nothing screams “professional” like Comic Sans. And speaking of fonts, how many fonts can you cram into a single page? Did they run out? The graphic ads (which I’m fairly sure the sponsors paid for) don’t link to even an email address, so I suppose if you want to contact them, you have to hurry up and scribble their phone numbers down while the gif cycles through the animation…
Merchant/Artisan Caste: The Bread and Butter Coders
Warrior & Ruler Caste: Marketing and Advertising Firms
The Brahmin Caste: Standards Geeks
Throughout time and in all areas of devotion, there have been the idealists. The purists, seeking both inner and outer perfection, and to heck with pragmatism. These are the standards geeks. You say “Well, it works in IE.”? Bah! Fie upon you! Go unto the Temple of the W3C and do not return until thine code is free of validation errors! Ours is a house of devotion to accessibility, to semantic beauty, to the epitome of web geekery! We dare not stain our hands with your table tags!
Okay, I’m going a little overboard, but if you can’t poke fun at the caste you one day want to join now, while you’re a mere laborer/merchant/whatever, you’ll never get your chance, will ya?