CSS Reboot participants far from standards-based
While doing research for an upcoming article I was browsing through a bunch of sites submitted to the CSS Reboot Spring 2006. Most of the time, the little HTML Validator icon in the lower right of my status bar did not display the green checkmark that indicates valid markup. Many sites made the poor thing display the yellow warning triangle, and for several sites it even had to bring out the red icon that means there are errors that Tidy cannot automatically fix.
I would have thought that most people who have invested the time to learn CSS well enough to participate in CSS Reboot would also have spent some time learning the basics of HTML. Or, if that proved too difficult, at least run their sites through The W3C Markup Validation Service. Seems like I thought wrong. Shouldn’t valid CSS and HTML be some sort of lowest level of quality control for any site that participates in CSS Reboot? Yes, that is a rhetorical question.
Sean Fraser has gone through all sites participating in the CSS Reboot of spring 2006 to validate their use of HTML and CSS as well as make note of the doctype they use. The details are provided in CSS Reboot as Web Standards Validation Indicator.
In summary: 71.8 percent of CSS Reboot participants use invalid HTML, CSS, or both. 71.8 percent! And that’s on a gallery site meant to showcase web standards-based redesigns:
May 1st 2006 Rebooters simultaneously launched their standards-based redesigns