Unfortunately the link http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,2822606a28,00.html in your post: http://www.webstandards.org/buzz/archive/2004_04.html#a000322 is defunct and leads to a 404.
I searched around on Stuff to find the relevant article but (that was a few days ago) didn’t have any luck, as I recall.
Thanks for the mention though.
The link to the government’s standards is still OK. I think it’s unfortunate that the standards require HTML rather than XHTML and simply apply a “should” rather than a “must” to correctly structured markup.
The primary format for all content available on government websites must be HTML. The HTML must validate to the HTML 4.01 Transitional specification or earlier HTML specifications. Other formats may be provided to supplement content in HTML.
Agencies wishing to adopt XHTML in favour of HTML must seek an exemption from this requirement from the E-government Unit.
You should use HTML primarily to mark-up the document’s structure, not merely to control the visual appearance of the document.