Coding To W3C Standards
We design and develop our web sites to the following standards:
- HTML5: Each web site is validated against the latest W3C standards for page content, coding and structure.
- CSS2.1 + 3: Cascading Style Sheets are used to control page layout, add colour, style the pages and separate presentation from content.
- 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.
- We carry out a series of manual checks in order to verify compliance.
- Finally we test our work in current versions of major desktop browsers (and browser versions) including those made by Apple (Safari), Google (Chrome), Microsoft Internet Explorer IE11+ and Edge; Mozilla Firefox and Opera and in tablet and mobile in Apple Safari and Android Google Chrome.
Web standards have moved on a great deal over the past few years. 'Table-based sites' are long gone (for the most part).
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.