Hotmail Beta is Great – Sign Up HTML is Horrible!

January 20, 2006 | Uncategorized | 0 Comments

The hotmail team sent me a beta to their awesome new hotmail beta. The problem is they coded the invite with the worst HTML I’ve ever seen. It’s pretty normal to make HTML mistakes, but these are not actually mistakes. Interestingly, they took advantage of IE’s ability to figure out horrible HTML.

Basically, all the links are nested like so,
<table>
    <a>
        <tr>
            <td>Click Me</td>
        </tr>
    </a>

</table>

These links appear to work in IE, but not in Firefox or Opera (IE is actually broken on my machine. It just doesn’t work anymore…). Funny tactic huh?

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Hi, I'm John Dyer. In my day job, I build websites and create online seminary software for a seminary in Dallas. I also like to release open source tools including a pretty popular HTML5 video player and build tools that help people find best bible commentaries and do bible study. And just for fun, I also wrote a book on the theology of technology and media.

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