This is what Cisco’s home page apparently looked like for a few hours yesterday.

Cisco FAIL

The first thing you might notice is the lack of lower-case ‘t’ characters. What’s less obvious is that all of the formatting was lost too because – as Duncan Smart illustrates – the letters had been stripped out of HTML tags as well. It’s amazing the page renders at all. Apparently some web-monkey got careless with a regex, and there was inadequate change control that allowed this to slip through. It’s not quite as awkward as EMC subsidiary VMWare’s “screw customers’ machines because we’re confused” bug a few weeks ago, but it can’t be very pleasant for the people involved.

Hat tip to Ned Batchelder for the link to Duncan.