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Site Standards Directory

A Directory of those things relevant to the futherance of web standards.

Web Standards Directory

What Web Standards Crisis?

An article about the significance of Web Standards and the need for continuous education.

September 8, 2007 | Comments [3]

A Simple Web Standards Survey

Web Standards has gained maturity and, in doing so, seems to be changing in definition and execution. Hence, a simple query: What are Web Standards?

September 3, 2007 | Comments [8]

Why Bother?

A small sample of a quality assurance study regarding Alexa’s Top 200 Global Sites as performed on behalf of the W3C HTML Working Group in their efforts with HTML 5 and it’s acceptance.

July 16, 2007 | Comments [3]

Standards Reboot Spring 2007 as Standards Indicator

One year after CSS Reboot Spring 2006, site authors and web developers are understandard regarding validation as an aspect of Web Standards (as results from a study of Standards Reboot Spring 2007 participating sites illustrates).

June 27, 2007 | Comments [4]

HTML Italic and Bold Elements as regards Web Standards

HTML presentational elements, Content Management Systems (CMS) use thereof (with eBay as a use case for burgeoning standards), HTML5 backwards compatibility requirements and Web Standards all are noted in this article regarding italicized and bolded text.

May 20, 2007 | Comments [4]

HTML 5 shall not murder Web Standards

A Reply to those Standardistas who believe that The W3C HTML WG, HTML5 and The WHAT WG have conspired against The Web Standards Movement by allowing graceful error handling and supporting existing nonconforming content. They haven't.

May 6, 2007 | Comments [0]

Error Handling in Browsers make Web Standards Difficult

The W3C stated XHTML would solve all the ills of faulty markup languages but User Agents did not follow that specification when it came to error-handling. Anne van Kesteren's site mod illustrates it.

April 15, 2007 | Comments [2]

What makes Valid Code Valid?

A minor article musing on the difference between writing valid code and writing code which validates.

March 2, 2007 | Comments [0]

(X)HTML Well-Formedness requires Validation

A brief article regarding web pages with ill-formed markup which includes an example of the error-handling of said pages by browsers (or, User Agents).

February 26, 2007 | Comments [3]

The Philosophy of HTML 5 as Explained by Ian Hickson

The philosophy of HTML 5 as explained by Ian Hickson.

February 21, 2007 | Comments [4]

Standard Compliance has Two Different Meanings

A brief explanation about web standards and standards-compliant mode with an illustrated example of what could happen in quirks mode.

February 8, 2007 | Comments [2]

The WHATWG HTML 5 Forums

The WHATWG HTML 5 Forum were created for those that wish implementation of HTML 5.

February 6, 2007 | Comments [0]

HTML 5 Help Mailing List

The WHAT WG HTML 5 Help Mailing List was created for those that want to implement HTML 5 this afternoon or just have questions.

February 3, 2007 | Comments [0]

HTML5 and http-equiv Difference

An article regarding one difference - http-equiv - between HTML 4.01 and HTML 5 which concludes with <meta http-equiv="imagetoolbar" content="no"> and its deprecation by HTML 5.

December 10, 2006 | Comments [4]

An Excellent Web Standards Checklist

Mobile Web Best Practices 1.0, List of Best Practice Statements and reasons by which it should be used as a Web Standards Checklist.

November 24, 2006 | Comments [1]

The New W3C Paragraphs in Lists Semantics

The W3C offers paragraphs in definition and un-ordered lists. Oddly, this goes against web standards semantics.

November 18, 2006 | Comments [0]

Where's John C's Site?

A Small Commentary on what ever happened to the proposed standards-based site for John C. Dvorak.

November 10, 2006 | Comments [0]

W3C HTML Reinvention

Commentary on the article by Tim Berners-Lee regarding W3C reinvention of the HTML Working Group.

October 28, 2006 | Comments [1] | Comments closed

New Standards Reboot Site

An advertisement for Standardsreboot.com’s October [2006] launch.

October 21, 2006 | Comments [0] | Comments closed

Microsoft Staff Web Logs fail Validation

An article regarding web standards, Microsoft Staff blogs and Community Server.

September 28, 2006 | Comments [0] | Comments closed

Web Standards, Validation and CSS Reboot Spring 2006

The collected articles written about web standards, validation, common HTML errors, common CSS errors, character sets and HTML 4.01 after researching CSS Reboot Spring 2006 websites.

September 24, 2006 | Comments [0] | Comments closed

Time Magazine promotes Web Standards Sites

An article which replies to Molly E. Holzschlag’s article “Are We Failing the Web?” by using Time Magazine’s “50 Coolest Websites (2006)” list as reason for Web Standards progress.

August 18, 2006 | Comments [0] | Comments closed

Character Sets and Character Coding Mismatches

CSS Reboot Spring 2006, Character Sets, Character Coding Mismatches and .htaccess files for the correction of those mismatches.

August 5, 2006 | Comments [0] | Comments closed

CSS Spring 2006 Reboot Errors Afterword

An afterword which posits the Web Standards Community with responsibility for HTML and CSS validation failures experienced by the CSS Reboot Spring 2006 participants.

August 1, 2006 | Comments [0] | Comments closed

CSS Reboot as Web Standards Validation Indicator

How using CSS Reboot Spring 2006 as a Web Standards HTML and CSS validation indicator illustrates the need for all web developers to understand Web Standards.

June 17, 2006 | Comments [21] | Comments closed

A Proposed W3C Validation Icon

An illustrative article about seemingly authoritative icons which lack substance and how they may be used for sites which fail Web Standards.

May 31, 2006 | Comments [1] | Comments closed

Yahoo gets Standards with the New Professionalism

A small review of the site redesign by Yahoo on May 16, 2006.

May 16, 2006 | Comments [0] | Comments closed

Which Character Set Encoding should be Used?

An article regarding character set declarations and which set should be used based on a review of fifty web standards compliant websites.

April 11, 2006 | Comments [0] | Comments closed

Site Object Recognition

An article about the benefits of accessibility, usability and visibility obtained from favicons and gravatars.

April 10, 2006 | Comments [0] | Comments closed

Evangelism induced by Fundamental Errors

A small article about aversions with errors found on web sites and the resultant need for eradication of those errors.

April 7, 2006 | Comments [0] | Comments closed


HTML and XHTML Directory

The Definition Title

How to add Dunstan Diaz's Sweet Titles to the HTML Phrase definition <dfn> element.

September 18, 2007 | Comments [0]

They aren’t HTML5 docs in the first place

Document Type Delcaration (DTDs) are incidental elements when validation efforts are performed. Validation occurs from valid content: markup languages and stylesheets. Occasionally, valid content will be HTML, XHTML and HTML compliant regardless of which DTD was used..

June 17, 2007 | Comments [2]

How to Semantically Expand the Markup of Lists

An example of a semantically-structured list that uses headers and paragraphs.

February 15, 2007 | Comments [9]

Why Use HTML5?

The purpose of this article regards using WHAT WG HTML5 (as it exists on January 24, 2007) which includes a selected History Lesson as to how it originated and what may occur.

January 24, 2007 | Comments [2]

HTML5 Doctype is Unrecognized

Web Application 1.0 (or, HTML5) has simplified the Document Type Declaration whereby it renders web pages in standards-compliant mode, does not require definition and is unrecognizable.

January 22, 2007 | Comments [0]

HTML and XHTML are Identical in HTML5

The WHAT WG has devised a simple method of document handling which mutes the argument between use of HTML 4.01 or XHTML 1.0.

January 19, 2007 | Comments [2]

And All That HTML5 Malarkey

A case study wherein Andy Clarke's “And All That Malarkey” XHTML undergoes six interations before it becomes HTML5 compliant.

January 8, 2007 | Comments [8]

HTML5 Anchor Difference

A small difference between HTML 4.01 and HTML 5 as regards anchors, significant text and embedded content.

January 5, 2007 | Comments [0]

HTML5 Image Difference

A small difference between HTML 4.01 and HTML 5 as regards images and embedded content.

January 2, 2007 | Comments [3]

(X)HTML5 Character Encoding

Ian Hickson offers clarification regarding a present-day misconception of the (X)HTML5 speicification's allowance for UTF-8 character sets only.

December 14, 2006 | Comments [0]

WHAT Working Group boils Ocean!

The Web Hypertext Application Technology (WHAT) Working Group (WG) Mailing List has this thread. Everyone should read this thread. It's titled “HTML5 should allow for the empty element syntax.” It's very informative. It discusses greater things than singleton self-closed HTML elements.

December 3, 2006 | Comments [0]

Yahoo! recommends HTML 4

The Yahoo! Developer Network offers its recommendation that all sites should be constructed with HTML 4.01/Strict for rendering standards mode in user agents. That Yahoo! recommends HTML rather than XHTML has a fundamental significance for Markup Language Purists (even though individual Yahoo! Teams fail to follow it).

September 19, 2006 | Comments [0] | Comments closed

Why do You use HTML 4?

Web developer replies from a small questionnaire sent to CSS Reboot Spring 2006 participants and commenter's on 456 Berea Street regarding the use of HTML 4.01 on their sites.

September 11, 2006 | Comments [2] | Comments closed

The Most Common HTML Markup Errors

The most common and prevalent errors found in HTML Markup code of sites which participated in CSS Reboot Spring 2006.

June 22, 2006 | Comments [4] | Comments closed

XHTML’s Gift

An Introductory Article regarding websites that use HTML 4.01.

April 25, 2006 | Comments [2] | Comments closed


Which DTD should be used? Persuasive arguments abound. This article represents a less academic resolution of this web standards conundrum.

March 30, 2006 | Comments [15] | Comments closed


Cascading Style Sheet Directory

How to Overwrite Default CSS Files in Content Management Systems

How to use an HTML Body ID for effecting CSS Specificity when Content Management Systems (CMSs) default template or core style sheets need to be overwritten.

August 4, 2007 | Comments [0]

How I use CSS Background-Color for Layout Corrections

How I use CSS background-color for the correction of faulty layouts when source code reading fails.

April 8, 2007 | Comments [0]

Mobile Web Best Practices and CSS Image Replacement

A slight disagreement with the W3C Mobile Web Best Practices and its CSS image replacement statement.

January 15, 2007 | Comments [0]

Yahoo! Templates fail CSS Validation

Everyone may have difficulties with cascading style sheets and web standards like Yahoo.

September 30, 2006 | Comments [0] | Comments closed

New CSS Validation Service Interface

A cursory article regarding a new CSS Validation Service user interface seemingly made since August 2005 but which has not replaced the existing user-unfriendly design (as of this date, July 24, 2006).

July 24, 2006 | Comments [0] | Comments closed

CSS Validator-Induced Errors

The most common and prevalent CSS Validator-Generated errors found in cascading style sheets code of sites which participated in CSS Reboot Spring 2006 wherein some errors are governed by CSS level selection and some errors are imposed by the CSS Validation Service regardless of the CSS selectors being approved by W3C.

July 18, 2006 | Comments [0] | Comments closed

CSS Vendor-Specific Extensions fail

The most common vendor-specific extensions found in Cascading Style Sheets of CSS Reboot Spring 2006 participants. Vendor-specific extensions fail CSS validation.

July 10, 2006 | Comments [3] | Comments closed

The Most Common CSS Markup Errors

The most common and prevalent author-induced errors found in the cascading style sheets of sites which participated in CSS Reboot Spring 2006.

July 3, 2006 | Comments [1] | Comments closed

Why Validate Cascading Style Sheets?

Why web developers should validate their cascading style sheets before publishing content on websites according to W3C CSS specifications.

June 30, 2006 | Comments [0] | Comments closed


Web Design Directory

The Lesson of Vitaphone Cartoons as regards Web Design

This article regards Standards Reboot Spring 2007, Vitaphone cartoons and notes Jon Hicks twice as regards web design for visual aesthetics.

June 10, 2007 | Comments [2]

Design is understanding Typography

The Elementary Group Standards participates in the Designis meme.

September 14, 2006 | Comments [2] | Comments closed


Typography Directory

Who is Jim Flora?

An appreciation of the work by Jim Flora (January 25, 1914 - July 9, 1998).

August 9, 2007 | Comments [0]

CSS Typography for an 1855 Broadside

A tutorial on how to use broadsides as inspiration when practicing CSS usage for typographical elements.

July 22, 2007 | Comments [0]

A 1957 Typographic Composition with CSS

A 1957 typography style rendered with CSS styles including the forgotten and spotty-supported attribute, "display:run-in".

February 12, 2007 | Comments [2]

The 1927 Composition Rules

How to study typography and composition by empirical methods with printed matter from 1927.

June 13, 2006 | Comments [0] | Comments closed

Site Typography Elements, Widths

A Typographic Style Elements reference from The Elementary Standards.

April 6, 2006 | Comments [0] | Comments closed


Design Directory

An Introduction of Similarities in Design

An introductory article taken from a series entitled “Of Similarities in Design”.

April 27, 2006 | Comments [5] | Comments closed


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