How to install the W3C Markup Validator on Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.
If you for some reason have to use the non-standard X-UA-Compatible header to force standards mode in IE, be aware that it is invalid HTML5. Fortunately it is easy to fix.
Many kinds of validation errors do not effect the end result at all. But in almost all cases neither does correcting those errors, so there is no point in not doing so.
Trying to bring clarity to exactly what characters can be used in URL query strings without first percent encoding them.
Unless you have really strong internationalisation requirements, consider sticking to the following characters in URLs: a-z, A-Z, 0-9, -, ., _, and ~.
The Web excels at enabling people to find and share information, but it is not a particularly good platform for creating and delivering "desktop-class applications".
How browsers display alt text for missing images varies, so it would be nice to see this standardised by specifying the recommended behaviour in HTML 5.
The new W3C website was launched on October 13, 2009. It sports a new design, new content, new information architecture, and a bit of invalid CSS (which has caused some debate).
An excellent presentation of what it means to work as a front-end developer, and how important our work is to the overall health of the web.
Character encoding can be very tricky to get right all the way from your keyboard to the end user's browser, but reading these two articles may increase your chances of getting it right.
Google encourages webmasters to make sure their websites work in all browsers by writing valid HTML and considering accessibility.
A free, creative commons licensed course for anyone who needs a thorough introduction to the web and how to create standards-based and accessible websites.
Opera and Apple have announced that their web browsers pass the Acid3 Browser Test, but how will that help web designers and developers?
Microsoft has reversed its position on how standards mode will be triggered in IE8, and has chosen to make interoperability more important that pandering to broken intranets.
Because of their immense fear of making broken websites that should be fixed look broken in Internet Explorer, Microsoft will make standards-aware developers jump through hoops.
A project that will work with email client developers and web designers to improve web standards support and accessibility in HTML email has been launched.
Don't blame the W3C for being slow when the real problem is browser vendors not implementing existing specifications fully and properly.
HTML email sucks, but it isn't going away. So instead of complaining we should do what we can to help improve support for Web Standards in email clients.
A place to collect arguments for using Web standards, as well as counterarguments and success stories.
Excuses that may be valid in some circumstances are too often used to cover up somebody's lack of knowledge about modern Web design or development.
The Google Search Appliance user interface can now use well-formed, valid, accessible, and semantic markup.
Making Google's home page use valid HTML 4.01 Strict and CSS for layout reduces file size by 21 percent.
A summary of my impressions and experiences from the @media 2006 web conference in London.
An attempt to influence the Swedish National Agency for Education to update the web development methods being taught in Swedish schools.
Microsoft's new Internet Explorer 7 web browser is much improved, but many web professionals are far from enthusiastic about it. Here's why.
Some of the most important reasons for spending the time to learn all about using web standards to design and develop websites.
A collection of old school web design and development hacks that were widely used before developers started abandoning table based layouts and adopting web standards.
Web professionals who refuse to update their skills and insist on using outdated methods can no longer be called web professionals.
My impressions from the @media 2005 web standards and accessiblity conference.
WaSP member Ethan Marcotte comments on the recently redesigned ABC News website.