Why writing good XHTML matters
These days I am working on a large change in our corporate website. It includes a lot of functional changes as well as a lot of little text tweaks here and there. Our process for making these changes is that the marketing people go through the whole site and generate a large document, which includes all the modifications that should be made. After that the developers go through the large doc and start making the changes. The problem is that this process is very inefficient. This is because of the following reasons:
- The marketing people need time to generate the changes
- The developers need time to understand the changes. Usually emails are exchanged, because the idea is not clear in all the places
- The developers end up making a lot of find/replace, copy/paste changes, which are nothing more than text editing
Sounds familiar, huh?
Here is a real argument, why we should not bloat our code. It will save us time in the future and will make our company more effective.
If you write clean and understandable code you will not only save time during future maintenance, but your team could be more effective, because non-programming people can make small tweaks.