Fiddly coding

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Hmm, okay.. Since yet again after following a random link I find myself at Miss Jem’s site Jemjabella.co.uk, I feel the need to go round my site to replace all the textareas with those fiddly characters (the RIGHT way to show coding apparently).
Why? Because I’m too chicken that she’d, somehow, follow a link here and after taking one look at the place, would go write a terribly rude but terribly true review of my site’s content and coding.
I don’t like being bullied around, and this especially on the internet, but as she does prove to know what she’s talking about, I may as well take this time to work on that particular area.

The other reason why I’m finally giving in is because her other site, Tutorialtastic.co.uk (moved to girlswhogeek.com, has been really helpful. For example, the “report a typo” script is from there, as well as my contact form, and on past layouts some of the menus were done following her tutorials too.

The thing is: I love coding. I willingly spent several months studying Html and Css day and night. But I only love coding using coding I love. Which means that things such as /> or </p> annoy me no end. Why? I don’t know why! It’s logical to close something you’ve opened but I just don’t want to include them in my own coding. I might, one day, accept to use the closing <p> tag.
But I just don’t understand why there is this random space here: <br /> but not for </p>. Do you know why? I’m really curious to know.

Oh and another thing that kills me is all the indenting and spacing that goes on. I’m guessing it has something to do with Xhtml’s scrict standard thingies. I’m sure having their coding in different colors or spaced out differently from the left side helps some people when coding, but for me it just gives me a headache. I like it to be neat and against the left side, all in one color with clickable links fullstop. Heh but that’s just me.. ^-^”
But something tells me that on those cold winter evenings when I’m bored, I just might start studying Xhtml. Who knows, Jem’s harsh critics may have managed to convert someone else to the latest coding standards…