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Website Design Standards

As members of the UK Web Design Association, Web Standards Group and the Guild of Accessible Web Designers, you can be assured that all of our web sites are designed to the highest web standards including accessibility and usability.

We are also members of the Federation of Small Businesses, Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce and the Thanet & East Kent Chamber.


We design and develop our web sites to the following standards:

  1. XHTML 1.0: Each web site is validated against the latest W3C standards for page content, coding and structure.
  2. Cascading Style Sheets ( CSS ): CSS are used to control page layout, add colour, style the pages and separate presentation from content. For more information on how to get started using Cascading Style Sheets visit our CSS tutorial page.
  3. Web Accessibility Initiative ( WAI ): Web pages are tested against the WAI guidelines. There are three levels of conformance, with a triple AAA being the most stringent test for web access. All of our sites meet AA standard. If triple AAA is required please let us know.
  4. We then carry out a series of manual checks in order to verify compliance.
  5. Finally we test all of our sites on the major browsers (and browser versions) including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Netscape, Mozilla, Safari, Opera, Chrome and Lynx (to emulate screen reader software) and across various screen resolutions on both PC and Mac.

Web Standards - More Than Just 'Table-Free Sites'

Web standards can mean different things to different people. For some, it's 'table-free sites', for others it's 'using valid code'. However, web standards are much broader than that.

A site built to web standards should adhere to standards (HTML, XHTML, XML, CSS, XSLT, DOM, MathML, SVG etc) and pursue best practices (valid code, accessible code, semantically correct code, user-friendly URLs etc). The core tenet of "web standards" is to choose the most semantically/structurally appropriate way to mark content up using official W3C standards.

In other words, a site built to web standards should ideally be lean, clean, CSS-based, accessible, usable and search engine friendly.

For more information see our 'standards checklist'.

You can validate your websites markup using the forms below.

HyperText Markup Language (HTML) Validator

Does your site pass the 'standards' test? You can find out by entering your URL below. Please include the full address including the http://

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) Validator

If you use CSS in your document, you should also check it for validity using the W3C CSS Validation Service.

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