Today Repubblica, the largest online italian newspaper, launched a huge site reorganization, with new graphics, revamped content and a new structure. I have fond memories of Repubblica, since it has been the first serious Internet experiment in Italy, and since I have been so lucky to maintain their servers for a while (yeah, root password included :-)) back in the Old Days and to work for them on a number of occasions afterwards.
However, their new home page just plain sucks. And I’m not talking about aesthetic, since everyone has his own taste. However, 119 validator errors are really too much to digest, not to mention that their pages render poorly on Firefox and are completely unreadable on Safari (just click past the home page): I wonder who has been responsible for what seems a standards massacre and a community suicide. To add insult to injury, an article on the home page talks about the new graphics and mentions how the the users forum contains some critiques but also a lot of praises: the actual ratio is more or less 20 very upset people to 1 who can basically live with the new setup. So much for listening to your readers and providing unbiased information, uh?
Everyone is moving through WAI, cross-browser compatibility, Web standards and so on: the leading italian site is out with an IE only design definitely looking like nephew art (you really don’t want to see the HTML source). Oh well, this is Italy after all… it’s just that over time I tend to forget.