Web Standards

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.

Reading up on WAI-ARIA

WAI-ARIA, the Accessible Rich Internet Applications Suite, helps developers make their web applications more accessible to people who rely on assistive technology. Start reading up on it.

Posted on November 3, 2008

Validate an entire site with the Free Site Validator

The Free Site Validator crawls an entire site, validates all pages it finds with the W3C validator, and verifies all links it finds on the site.

Posted on October 30, 2008

Google to webmasters: Write clean HTML and consider accessibility

Google encourages webmasters to make sure their websites work in all browsers by writing valid HTML and considering accessibility.

Posted on October 7, 2008

Opera Web Standards Curriculum: A “do things the right way” learning resource

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.

Posted on September 16, 2008

Validation statistics from Nikita the Spider

An analysis of the sites crawled by the bulk validation tool Nikita the Spider during March 2008.

Posted on April 29, 2008

What does Acid3 mean to you and me?

Opera and Apple have announced that their web browsers pass the Acid3 Browser Test, but how will that help web designers and developers?

Posted on April 1, 2008

Surprise of the year: IE8 will use Standards mode by default

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.

Posted on March 4, 2008

Doctype switching for IE 8

Version targeting as it has been presented is an incredibly bad idea to force upon the minority of people in the web industry who have a clue.

Posted on February 25, 2008

Standards mode is the new quirks mode

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.

Posted on January 23, 2008

Internet Explorer 8 announced, passes the Acid2 test

The next version of Internet Explorer will be called IE 8, and passed the Acid2 test, meaning it has support for much wanted CSS features.

Posted on December 21, 2007

The Email Standards Project launches

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.

Posted on December 5, 2007

The W3C process may be slow, but browser vendors are slower

Don’t blame the W3C for being slow when the real problem is browser vendors not implementing existing specifications fully and properly.

Posted on November 6, 2007

Adobe Spry 1.6 improves standards support, adds progressive enhancement

Adobe’s JavaScript framework Spry has been updated and is now more standards compliant and less obtrusive.

Posted on October 22, 2007

Helping your client maintain markup quality

By using CSS rules that make deprecated and potentially inaccessible markup clearly visible to the editor, you can help your clients maintain markup quality.

Posted on October 12, 2007

Update on the Target accessibility lawsuit

The US-based retailer Target has been sued for refusing to make their website accessible. The lawsuit has now been given class-action status.

Posted on October 8, 2007

Web Standards Creativity (Book review)

Ten well-known Web professionals explain their approach to solving a specific problem each, all with web standards and accessibility in mind.

Posted on September 18, 2007

Help improve support for Web Standards in HTML email

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.

Posted on September 11, 2007

The HTML 5 circus: Why I left and rejoined the W3C HTML Working Group

I left the W3C HTML Working Group in July 2007 and rejoined it in August. Here is why.

Posted on August 16, 2007

Mastering Integrated HTML and CSS (Book review)

Virginia DeBolt teaches beginners and designers and developers who need to update their skills how to write standards-based HTML and CSS.

Posted on July 30, 2007

Westciv’s free Web standards courses restarting

The first section of Westciv’s 12 week online course on CSS was published on Monday, June 18, 2007.

Posted on June 20, 2007

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