You were not completely wrong, but the book is more complex than a simple polemic. I saw a lot of complaints and ridicule, but also recognition of why these things exist and have been necessary.
The complaints and ridicule I saw focus on standards that constrain necessary behavior so that people who need to get something done find workarounds.
"I need a phone number or this form will not work."
"Ok, my phone number is 12345."
"Great, that works!"
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