Design sites and web standards

Over a year ago, Joe Clark checked how well Design sites do Web standards. They generally don't, which doesn't come as a huge surprise. After having some problems when posting comments at design site Speak Up, Joe checked the current status of web standards usage on design sites. More on that in Design sites do Web standards II.

Joe links to a couple of articles at Speak Up. One of them, Designing for Google has a very... interesting discussion in the comments. Judging from some of those comments and bits and pieces I have seen in other design-oriented forums, there is clearly a wide-spread misunderstanding among purely visual designers that accessibility is just about blind people. Good accessibility practices make browsing the web easier for everybody.

And, after looking around at some of the design portals in Joe's list of tested sites, I wonder what makes the designers of many of those sites use such incredibly small text and stuff their content in little scrolling boxes. What is the point of that? I just don't get it.

Posted on November 13, 2005 in Quicklinks, Accessibility, Web Standards