Site Standards Directory
A Directory of those things relevant to the futherance of web standards.
An article about the significance of Web Standards and the need for continuous education.
September 8, 2007 | Comments 
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 
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 
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 
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 
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 
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 
A minor article musing on the difference between writing valid code and writing code which validates.
March 2, 2007 | Comments 
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 
The philosophy of HTML 5 as explained by Ian Hickson.
February 21, 2007 | Comments 
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 
The WHATWG HTML 5 Forum were created for those that wish implementation of HTML 5.
February 6, 2007 | Comments 
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 
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 
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 
The W3C offers paragraphs in definition and un-ordered lists. Oddly, this goes against web standards semantics.
November 18, 2006 | Comments 
A Small Commentary on what ever happened to the proposed standards-based site for John C. Dvorak.
November 10, 2006 | Comments 
Commentary on the article by Tim Berners-Lee regarding W3C reinvention of the HTML Working Group.
October 28, 2006 | Comments  | Comments closed
An advertisement for Standardsreboot.com’s October  launch.
October 21, 2006 | Comments  | Comments closed
An article regarding web standards, Microsoft Staff blogs and Community Server.
September 28, 2006 | Comments  | Comments closed
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  | Comments closed
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  | Comments closed
CSS Reboot Spring 2006, Character Sets, Character Coding Mismatches and .htaccess files for the correction of those mismatches.
August 5, 2006 | Comments  | Comments closed
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  | Comments closed
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  | Comments closed
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  | Comments closed
A small review of the site redesign by Yahoo on May 16, 2006.
May 16, 2006 | Comments  | Comments closed
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  | Comments closed
An article about the benefits of accessibility, usability and visibility obtained from favicons and gravatars.
April 10, 2006 | Comments  | Comments closed
A small article about aversions with errors found on web sites and the resultant need for eradication of those errors.
April 7, 2006 | Comments  | Comments closed
How to add Dunstan Diaz's Sweet Titles to the HTML Phrase definition <dfn> element.
September 18, 2007 | Comments 
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 
An example of a semantically-structured list that uses headers and paragraphs.
February 15, 2007 | Comments 
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 
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 
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 
A case study wherein Andy Clarke's “And All That Malarkey” XHTML undergoes six interations before it becomes HTML5 compliant.
January 8, 2007 | Comments 
A small difference between HTML 4.01 and HTML 5 as regards anchors, significant text and embedded content.
January 5, 2007 | Comments 
A small difference between HTML 4.01 and HTML 5 as regards images and embedded content.
January 2, 2007 | Comments 
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 
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 
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  | Comments closed
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  | Comments closed
The most common and prevalent errors found in HTML Markup code of sites which participated in CSS Reboot Spring 2006.
June 22, 2006 | Comments  | Comments closed
An Introductory Article regarding websites that use HTML 4.01.
April 25, 2006 | Comments  | 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  | Comments closed
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 
How I use CSS background-color for the correction of faulty layouts when source code reading fails.
April 8, 2007 | Comments 
A slight disagreement with the W3C Mobile Web Best Practices and its CSS image replacement statement.
January 15, 2007 | Comments 
Everyone may have difficulties with cascading style sheets and web standards like Yahoo.
September 30, 2006 | Comments  | Comments closed
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  | Comments closed
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  | Comments closed
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  | Comments closed
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  | Comments closed
Why web developers should validate their cascading style sheets before publishing content on websites according to W3C CSS specifications.
June 30, 2006 | Comments  | Comments closed
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 
The Elementary Group Standards participates in the Designis meme.
September 14, 2006 | Comments  | Comments closed
An appreciation of the work by Jim Flora (January 25, 1914 - July 9, 1998).
August 9, 2007 | Comments 
A tutorial on how to use broadsides as inspiration when practicing CSS usage for typographical elements.
July 22, 2007 | Comments 
A 1957 typography style rendered with CSS styles including the forgotten and spotty-supported attribute, "display:run-in".
February 12, 2007 | Comments 
How to study typography and composition by empirical methods with printed matter from 1927.
June 13, 2006 | Comments  | Comments closed
A Typographic Style Elements reference from The Elementary Standards.
April 6, 2006 | Comments  | Comments closed
An introductory article taken from a series entitled “Of Similarities in Design”.
April 27, 2006 | Comments  | Comments closed
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