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What are web standards, and why do they matter?

Each one of the websites I design has one thing in common: their strict adherence to web standards. Web standards are standards created by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Use of these standards is beneficial for a number of reasons:

Accessibility

Designing with web standards makes your website more accessible in a variety of ways:

  • Increases the accessibility of the site for users with disabilities.
  • Enables users with hand-held devices the same access as those with desktop computers.
  • Allows users using browsers other than Internet Explorer and Netscape access to the information on the site. This includes not only old browsers, but also voice, braille, and other atypical browsers.
  • Makes it much easier for a search engine to access and accurately index the information on the site.

Cost

Designing with web standards can also save you money.

  • Reduces the time necessary to develop sites, saving money on design and development.
  • Reduces the bandwidth necessary to deliver the site, saving money on hosting.

Future

In addition to making your website accessible and saving you money, designing with web standards has the added advantage of insulating your site from the future.

  • The site will be able to be read both in existing and future browsers, with no need for special tricks.
  • The code will be easy for people other than the designer to understand, thus making it easier to update in the future.