Web Standards Are Your Responsibility

Keith Robinson has posted an excellent rant on people who keep finding excuses not to use web standards in their day job: Web Standards Are Your Responsibility.

I was in a similar situation myself a few years ago, so I know how difficult and challenging it may be when you don’t have the full support of everybody on your team. I still fully agree with Keith: there are no good excuses. Just do it.

Posted on September 7, 2005 in Quicklinks, Web Standards


  1. I have just read it a couple of hours ago, and I think it is just what the comunity needs these days — some support and direction from a well known and a father figure-like (well not really, but you know what I mean ;) ) person - and that’s Keith.

    And there really is no excuse for not supporting the standards, I think it should be like breathing (in the lack of a better word, english’s not my mother tongue) :)

  2. Honestly, sometimes the best way to bring in web standards is just do it guerrilla-style, on the low-low. If you waste time trying to sell people on it, you’ll likely meet with resistance. So don’t make it an issue. Just code your site with standards and show them the benefits afterwards.

  3. The “Just Do It” approach is my fave too :)

  4. To be honest I had the opposite and very pleasant attitude from my boss, who fully supported the move away from tables to CSS layout, although I realise not everyone is so lucky. It may have had something to do with the fact I work for a college, and the British government introduced legislation on all public institutions regarding accessibility - so it’s slightly a different situation than what’s been talked about so far.

    I’m glad for this though as it introduced me to web standards and I’m now fully behind it (you can add me to the list, I’m converted), and use it in all my projects. Seeing spacer images and tables being used for layout is a real put-off now. :-)

    Love your site by the way Roger - keep writing!

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