If you’re a new web designer, multimedia storyteller or interactive media professional, here’s a short list of resources that will help you learn more about web standards.
The Web Standards Group defines web standards as “(HTML, XHTML, XML, CSS, XSLT etc.) and best practices (accessible sites using valid and semantically correct code).” Web standards are important when building websites because they can make your site function better, last longer and be accessible by many people across multiple platforms.
Authored by the Godfather of web standards, Jeffrey Zeldman, this book should be considered one of the more important guideposts in learning and embracing web standards.
Who doesn’t like free? Opera, the company who created one of the world’s popular web browsers, offers up a ton of free, online material relating to web standards.
This grassroots organization has worked with browser makers since 1998 to make the web more accessible for all.
A perfect spot to get free tutorials and examples on how to build and maintain web standard compliant websites.
Founded by Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the web, this organization defines the web’s standards.
An online magazine, dedicated to the exploration of the design and development of websites, with a focus on standards and best practices.
This online tool can help you validate the HTML code you write for the websites. There is also a CSS Validator.
A group of web designers and developers interested in web standards.
An old list, first published in 2004, but it’s still a great starting point for things to address when designing and building a site.
An article that explains how graphic designers need to approach thinking about designing for the web.
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