ASP.NET 2.0 and web standards
In ASP.NET for Designers, Milan Negovan points to a document at Microsoft’s ASP.NET Developer Center titled Building ASP.NET 2.0 Web Sites Using Web Standards.
The document is very long (78 printed pages), but its existence indicates that Microsoft is willing to push developers using their technology towards using web standards. I haven’t read the entire document, but it does look like there is plenty of good information on best practices in there. A couple of unfortunate oversights that I noticed while skimming through it are the common misconception that XHTML is stricter than HTML, and calling HTML elements “tags”.
Regardless, this is encouraging considering that ASP.NET developers in general aren’t widely known for building web standards compliant and accessible sites.