Why Use Web Standards?

Every web site owner wants their web site to be displayed with pixel perfection in every browser whether it is the current versions of Internet Explorer or Firefox, or using Safari on an iPhone. Web standards, developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), help us achieve this goal.

The Recent Past

Until recently support for web standards was patchy if not almost non-existent in web browsers. This often resulted in building different versions of web sites so that they would look the same in different web browsers. Inevitably this cost the customer more money.

Modern Browsers ensure Standards Compliance

Happily all modern web browsers now comply with the W3C standards. A site that has been built to web standards generally will:

  • Be easier to maintain and extend
  • Be compatible with newer browsers
  • Be accessible

Customer Benefits

Standards benefit the customer. One website that will look the same no matter where it is viewed, easier to build and maintain.