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Web Standards

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Correct by design, accessible to all, for maximum impact.

What Are Web Standards?

The standards are a set of rules that govern how the code for web pages is written. There are standards for different software languages that are used, for example HMTL (Hypertext Markup Language) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets).

Whose Standards?

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international consortium whose member organisations, staff, invited experts and the public work to develop web standards.

Why Use Web Standards?

If pages are written to the current standards then any standards compliant web browser should display them correctly. If they aren't written to current standards there is no guarantee that they will display correctly. At the least a website that does not display correctly gives a very poor impression of your organisation, and at the worst users won't be able to use the site as intended and they will leave and go elsewhere to a site that is written with correct code and that works correctly. You've invested time and money in your website, so it makes sense to ensure that the code is valid. Additionally, in order for web pages to be considered accessible, it is a requirement that they are written using correct code. All our websites are written using standards compliant code. Additionally, from a search engine optimisation (SEO) perspective, search engines like valid code.

New Websites

If we design a website for you it will be written with code that complies with current standards.

Existing Websites

It is unfortunate that many websites have not been written using standards compliant code. Is yours one of them? We offer consultancy and remidiation services to correct non-compliant code. Typically if the original designer didn't take standards into account there will be errors on all of the pages of a website. We would inform you of which pages did not comply, and how much it would cost to correct the errors.