These must be heady days in Washington, pollsters and politicians spending days and nights pondering numbers, interests, opinions.. Who had that quote about lies, damned lies and statistics – was it Mark Twain?
Statistics wizards and campaign twists aside, there is another area where trusting numbers can get you in trouble: HTML element names. Today we're looking at the user profile administration screen of the venerable Washington Post, specifically their interface for subscribing to newsletters:
<http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?node=admin/email> (Requires free registration)
This does not work in Opera. The reason is markup like this:
<TD id="cell" name="1" width="181" value="1" nowrap="true" STYLE='cursor: pointer' onclick="callClickOnItem(this, event);" bgcolor="white">
The HTML standard has this instruction on using NAME/ID attributes:
ID and NAME tokens must begin with a letter ([A-Za-z])