Web Standards: A Better Website

By Brandon Roach May 18, 2012


Web standards

Web Standards

The path for all of us to move forward wtih web standards. To make world wide web a better place, for designers, developers, and visitors.  It is important that both browsers and Web designer/developers follow Web standards layed out by

standards organizations.

When developers follow the Web standards, the development is simplified, since it is easier for a developer to understand one another’s coding.
Using Web standards will ensure that all browsers will display your Web site properly, without time consuming debugging.  Web standards that conform to best practices are easier for search engines to access and index, easier to convert to other formats, and easier to access with program code.


Web standards are not a fixed set of rules, but are a constantly evolving set of finalized technical specifications of web standard technologies.Web standards are developed by standards organizations groups of interested and sometimes competing parties chartered with the task.  Not technologies developed and declared to be a standard by a single individual or company.


The term web standards can mean different things to different people. For some, it is tabel less websites, for others it is using valid code.  A site built influenced by web standards should adhere to standards (HTML(5), AJAX, XML, CSS, DOM, SVG etc) and pursue best practices (responsive design, valid code, accessible code, semantically correct code, user-friendly URLs, etc).
In other words, a site built to web standards should ideally be lean, clean, CSS-based, accessible, usable and search engine friendly.  


Many people may not be aware, but the code and layout behind a website has been dramatically changing for the last ten years.


The main thought Cirv holds is that you don’t have to be held back by design.  We tell designers to give us their best design and we will code it properly.  Same attitude for us when we do design don’t hold back because of technology limits, design and have the technology adapt accordingly.  Design the heck out of it and learn the techniques to apply the code.  Problem solving is an atmosphere we hold as a must and it is that more fulfilling when everything comes together.


Benefits of proper web standards go far beyond a website displaying when you put in the URL.  It means with all of the 10+ ways people access web pages the website will actually function with whatever the user comes to the site with.  


It has taken and still is a while for the general public to realize why a lot of us techs would always refer to that company up in Seattle evil.  They tried to create a standard that only that browser would adapt to.  So if you got it working with there technology anyone not using the browser would not be able to use the application.  If you are Mortgage, Real Estate, or almost any other kind of broker and ever tried accessing your works website you know what I am talking about.  All of a sudden you don’t have their browser and your main application for work are not supported.  Talk about frustration, let’s be done with this and build the application where it is accessible to everyone.


The good news:  There is a movement of many developers that are disciplined to build in a way where anyone can access the finished product with any device.  Developers are sharing more information with each other and realizing the importance of building in a way where people are not forced to buy a certain phone or computer operating system. WOW your on the go and your phone actually works with your main applications.  What a new century concept.


By taking the investment you are upgrading your opportunities to expand your project in the future.  Next time you are doing a big project, take the extra time and invest in standards it will pay off for years to come.


Building a better web,


Brandon Roach