Web standards are the foundation that we use to build the Web. Unfortunately many still do not use Web standards properly, so many of these articles attempt to help people learn more about the benefits of using Web standards.
HTML5 and several closely related specifications have reached Last Call status, and the W3C has called for broad review of the documents.
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.
The WHATWG announces that they will now work on a versionless version of HTML, making it a moving target that may make it less than ideal for web developers to reference in their daily work.
The W3C HTML5 logo FAQ has been updated to clarify what the logo and its accompanying icons represent and that CSS3 is not part of HTML5.
Having a nice-looking logo for HTML5 is neat, but I think it’s unfortunate that the W3C are reinforcing the widespread misconception that HTML5 is pretty much anything “Web” that isn’t Flash.
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 ~.
I’m looking for a browser extension that supports HTML5 and automatically validates the markup of every page I load in the browser without sending anything to a remote server.
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”.
An absolute must read for any web designer or developer, even if you think you know everything about progressive enhancement already.
Joe Clark takes a look at the accessibility (or rather the lack of it) of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics websites.
ATAG addresses software that is used to create websites or manage the content of websites, but is unfortunately ignored by many creators of such software.
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 Senior Program Manager of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer Team has announced that Microsoft has joined the W3C’s Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) Working Group.
Vlad Alexander argues that web browsers should display error messages for corrupt HTML 5 and invites Ian Hickson to debate on this topic.
Need to find out which browsers (and versions) handle a particle web technology? Don’t have time to keep track of it by yourself. Don’t worry. Help is available.
Jeffrey Zeldman on how the stricter and clearer rules of XHTML 1.0 made many web professionals improve their markup.