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February 10, 2004 02:48 AM

Broken: FrontPage banner ad

Kurt Morris writes:

Don't know how long this will be available, but this ad for FrontPage is priceless. Look at line 28. Oops!
[For the non-Web designers reading This Is Broken: the ad promises that FrontPage has "cleaned up our act," but there's an error in the HTML code displayed in the ad. On line 28, there shouldn't be a slash before the "p".   -mh]


It looks like there is a small grammer mistake as well. There is no spaces in "that's right.We said". So not only did they not check it for technical correctness but they didn't even run it through MS Word

Posted by: Shane at February 10, 2004 11:55 AM

They were probably too tired after cleaning up the garbage that Front Page would put into HTML. This is not a good Ad really... it basically says "We were crap before, and now we've cleaned up our mess". Or... it says "Now our product works like most other FREE/CHEAP editors which don't screw up your code". Either way it does not inspire confidence.

Posted by: Chris Law at February 10, 2004 03:59 PM

I gotta say, this is one of those things that makes working as a designer at microsoft a constant embarassment. We have the resources to do so many things right... why do we screw it up so often?

Posted by: A. Nonnymouse at February 11, 2004 04:51 PM

I thought this was a good ad. *It got my attention*, unlike most ads. And it told me something interesting. Even though I don't want to use FrontPage, it's nice to hear that they're doing something about its lousy HTML. Now if only their Office team would do the same...

Posted by: Amit Patel at February 15, 2004 07:15 PM

Maybe the coding of the ad was outsourced to a coding sweatshop in another country.

Or created by an admin assistant being paid $8.00/hr.

So much for QA

Posted by: Bitter Fingers at March 11, 2004 11:51 AM

If we could get Microsoft to fix careless mistakes like these, would we need a Windows Update site?

Posted by: SrbComp at June 14, 2004 10:46 AM

Windows Is Broken...

Nobody has ever seen a fixed windows computer. The only thing thats good about windows is that the box can be used to hold CD cases for real software.


Posted by: Linux user at June 21, 2004 04:57 PM

One of my friends told me once; "If you ever use Frontpage to create a webpage, I'll freakin break your legs." That was after I told him that the higher-ups were sending me to a Frontpage class. In the end I didn't go, but I heard that a monkey could've passed the test at the end.... So much for MS programmers being intelligent.

Posted by: helldesk at August 31, 2004 02:59 PM

This is obviously on purpose, just look at who hosts the ad:

OSDN? That's the Open Source Developers Network. Obviously a joke.

I have to admit, it's a good one.

Posted by: Factchecker at September 23, 2004 10:35 PM

Gotta love it. Always thought the best ad for Linux is using Windows....

Posted by: Please stop me at October 5, 2004 09:47 PM

Also, you don't need a "/p" at all. is just a tag to make a new paragraph. It's not like if you don't close it, the paragraph will continue through the entire page.

Posted by: Jello B. at November 11, 2004 06:54 PM

That is a common misconception of MS Explorer people. Explorer is just a lot more forgiving about that sort of thing than other browsers.

Don't think I'm supporting Explorer, because I'm not. I'm just pointing out that, according to most accepted HTML standards, you need the \p tag.

-A windows-hating-Macinosh-and-linux-using-geek

Posted by: Windowsabsolutelyskinks at December 2, 2004 07:16 PM

I know Windows is kinda buggy and all, but do you know why that is? It's the most widely used OS in the world! More use = more hackers, more junk, and more spyware!

Posted by: Slick Vik at December 11, 2004 09:44 PM

Slick Vik -

And how that makes Windows good?

Posted by: a cheesepuff at January 1, 2005 08:03 PM

Slick Vik -

And how does that makes Windows good?

Posted by: a cheesepuff at January 1, 2005 08:05 PM

Windows is badly-written. 3 minutes after I installed a fresh Windows XP Home on a new hard drive, I got an error message telling me that basically, Windows is corrupted and I have to re-install. I didn't even get to install the graphics card driver. Another 35 minutes of my life wasted. Unfortunately, Linksys doesn't make a driver for the WUSB54G for Linux, so I am froced to use Windows until the Prism54 driver is finished. Jello B., technically, the paragraph tag is needed for clean HTML, but it is not required by the W3C.

Posted by: Guy Mann at January 20, 2005 10:22 PM

Windows has served me reasonably well. *shrug*

Posted by: Twisted_Ferret at April 21, 2005 08:47 PM

This could just be closing a nested paragraph tag earlier in the code.

Posted by: Jake at June 12, 2005 04:16 PM

Yesterday windows media crashed because I was trying to play a song on my hard drive while online. WINDOWS IS MOST DEFINITELY NOT FINE.

Posted by: sandswipe at July 14, 2005 01:17 AM

In one release of the Lattice C compiler, circa 1984, the release notes said that previous editions of the release notes said that one particular message came from the operating system; this is a mistake, it comes from the compiler.

When I read this, I thought "They are saying that they don't recognize their own error messages".

Posted by: John Hobson at August 8, 2005 01:57 PM

@Jake:"This could just be closing a nested paragraph tag earlier in the code."

Then where is the opening paragraph tag for the text that antecedes the ? Even if that were the case, this is still not valid, semantic markup. It is broken no matter how you look at it, MS apologist.

Posted by: AntiJake at May 26, 2006 01:02 PM

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