HTML and XHTML are the markup languages used to create a solid foundation for your website or web application, and articles in this category generally touch upon the semantics and accessibility aspects of marking up web pages.

It’s alt attribute, not alt tag

There is no such thing as an alt tag in HTML. Alt is an attribute, required for the img element and specified in the img tag.

Posted on November 7, 2005

Choosing HTML or XHTML

Information that may help you choose between HTML and XHTML for the next website you produce.

Posted on November 4, 2005

Tips and techniques for mobile web design

Covering two approaches to designing for mobile devices: handheld stylesheets and mobile-specific sites.

Posted on October 27, 2005

Are HTML and CSS easy?

HTML and CSS are not as easy as some people like to think. They are easy to get started with, but very difficult to master.

Posted on October 18, 2005


Footnotes don’t exist in HTML, but you can fake them. Or not.

Posted on September 21, 2005

Declaring Languages in HTML and XHTML

A good summary of techniques for specifying the language of content.

Posted on September 11, 2005

HTML tags vs. elements vs. attributes

An article that explains the difference between tags, elements, and attributes in HTML.

Posted on August 30, 2005

Usable Microformats

An example of microformats that have a real world use today.

Posted on August 25, 2005

Accessible Data Tables

A very comprehensive article on the correct use of HTML tables.

Posted on August 8, 2005

XHTML and error handling

A discussion on whether XHTML should have draconian error handling or not.

Posted on June 27, 2005

More About Custom DTDs

The W3C’s Quality Assurance Group explains the downside of custom DTDs.

Posted on May 22, 2005

Image Attributes

Questioning width and height values for images.

Posted on May 13, 2005

Validating an entire site

How to install the W3C validator and use it to batch validate entire sites.

Posted on May 10, 2005

The Art of Reading a DTD

Handy for when you need to look up something in a DTD.

Posted on May 1, 2005

The Future: HTML or XHTML

HTML is next to dead, killed by non-conforming parsers.

Posted on April 10, 2005

Planning Structural HTML

An introduction to structural HTML and how it helps preparing a document for CSS styling.

Posted on April 9, 2005

Doctype Declarations and Content-Type Headers

An explanation of what makes a browser treat XHTML as XHTML.

Posted on April 9, 2005


The debate on HTML vs. XHTML continues.

Posted on April 4, 2005

The Meaning of Semantics

HTML elements describe the meaning of content, not its looks.

Posted on March 2, 2005

Language tags in HTML and XML

How to choose the appropriate language code(s) and how to use them.

Posted on February 27, 2005

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