According to PhotoMatt, Apple’s iPod site now complies with web standards. Certainly it renders in Standards Compliance Mode in Firefox. Apparently Jeffrey Zeldman was drafted in by Apple back in September 2003 along with StopDesign, so it’s possible that this is a result of their work. Several other parts of the site seem to be moving towards more standards-compliant code too, which can only be welcomed.
It also makes Apple, as a web-browser producing company, look less hypocritical. Apple, on this Developer Connection page for Safari, say:
…your best bet for ensuring your pages render properly in Safari – today’s version and beyond – is to follow web standards.
Yet, until very recently, much of Apple’s own web site used old-style quirky tag soup HTML. These new pages, while still sticking to the rather liberal HTML 4.01 Transitional standard, are a move in the right direction and should show that Apple practices what it preaches.
Interestingly, immediately after that quote appears on the page, there’s a link to this mozilla.org Web Developer page for more information about developing pages with web standards. But then Dave Hyatt, Safari’s main programmer, is also a Mozillianite, and Safari has borrowed features like XUL from the Gecko browsers.