Web Standards

Installing the W3C Markup Validator on Mac OS X

How to install the W3C Markup Validator on Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.

Posted on May 4, 2011

X-UA-Compatible and HTML5

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.

Posted on March 31, 2011

Validation matters

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.

Posted on September 27, 2010

What characters are allowed unencoded in query strings?

Trying to bring clarity to exactly what characters can be used in URL query strings without first percent encoding them.

Posted on August 30, 2010

Be careful with non-ascii characters in URLs

Unless you have really strong internationalisation requirements, consider sticking to the following characters in URLs: a-z, A-Z, 0-9, -, ., _, and ~.

Posted on June 14, 2010

The Web is a web of content, not an application framework

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".

Posted on May 10, 2010

A call for consistent display of alt text across browsers

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.

Posted on January 20, 2010

New W3C website launched

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).

Posted on October 19, 2009

Professional front-end engineering explained

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.

Posted on April 21, 2009

Character encoding

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.

Posted on November 4, 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

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

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

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

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

Business case for Web standards Wiki

A place to collect arguments for using Web standards, as well as counterarguments and success stories.

Posted on June 19, 2007

Lame excuses for not being a Web professional

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.

Posted on April 10, 2007

Google, meet Web Standards

The Google Search Appliance user interface can now use well-formed, valid, accessible, and semantic markup.

Posted on September 22, 2006

Google valid and strict

Making Google's home page use valid HTML 4.01 Strict and CSS for layout reduces file size by 21 percent.

Posted on August 14, 2006

@media 2006:after

A summary of my impressions and experiences from the @media 2006 web conference in London.

Posted on June 20, 2006

A letter from WASP-EduTF to Skolverket

An attempt to influence the Swedish National Agency for Education to update the web development methods being taught in Swedish schools.

Posted on May 22, 2006

Microsoft and Internet Explorer vs. web standards

Microsoft's new Internet Explorer 7 web browser is much improved, but many web professionals are far from enthusiastic about it. Here's why.

Posted on May 15, 2006

Ten reasons to learn and use web standards

Some of the most important reasons for spending the time to learn all about using web standards to design and develop websites.

Posted on December 6, 2005

Reveal your old school web development hacks

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.

Posted on November 21, 2005

A web professional can never stop learning

Web professionals who refuse to update their skills and insist on using outdated methods can no longer be called web professionals.

Posted on November 15, 2005

Impressions from @media 2005

My impressions from the @media 2005 web standards and accessiblity conference.

Posted on June 11, 2005

Web standards elitism

Posted on November 7, 2004

Forcing ASP.Net towards standards

Posted on October 22, 2004

ABC News: All That Glitters

WaSP member Ethan Marcotte comments on the recently redesigned ABC News website.

Posted on October 12, 2004

Apple's web professional market share

Posted on October 5, 2004

Web standards religion? What religion?

Posted on September 20, 2004

Converting your team

Posted on September 15, 2004

Content negotiation, AdSense, and comments

Posted on September 1, 2004

Web development mistakes, redux

Posted on August 30, 2004

Web development mistakes

Posted on August 24, 2004

Developing with web standards, refreshed

Posted on August 11, 2004

Tables for layout?

Posted on May 16, 2004

Fear of web standards

Posted on April 24, 2004

Developing with web standards, now in English

Posted on April 14, 2004

Developing with web standards

Posted on April 1, 2004

Webbutveckling med standarder

Posted on March 13, 2004

ASP.NET and Web Standards

Posted on November 25, 2003

Coding with Web Standards

Posted on October 28, 2003

The Business Value of Web Standards

Posted on September 20, 2003

Standards, semantics and old habits

Posted on August 30, 2003

Apple to join the web standards race

Posted on August 29, 2003

Making a case for standards and accessibility

Posted on August 3, 2003

Web Standards still live

Posted on June 28, 2003

Some people never learn

Posted on June 21, 2003

Standard Business

Posted on May 24, 2003

Me Standard. You Tag Soup?

Posted on May 5, 2003


Posted on April 22, 2003

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