Web Standards Compliance?

Benefits of Standards Compliance

Creating quality, standards compliant code has a number of
benefits:

  • website forward compatibility
  • increased site download speed
  • browser compatibility
  • easier site maintenance
  • broader target audience

How Can This Help Business?

Perhaps every entrepreneur is asking himself right now, “And
where is the money here?” Probably every benefit can either
increase revenues or save expenses. Let’s look at them in
detail.

Site Forward Compatibility

Web standards, such as XHTML and CSS, are designed to work
forever. They will also be supported for an almost unlimited
period of time. Designing a site according to web standards will
ensure the website backbone will not need to be redone any time
soon, which reduces the amount of work on the site and the
expenses of the site owner.

Increased Download Speed

When using XHTML for content and structure and CSS for styling
and formating, page size is reduced when compared to a page,
designed with tables for layout. For instance, a site with a
relatively small number of images is 50% smaller than a
table-based website. Because users enjoy fast-loading websites
(they start leaving after eight (8) seconds beyond clicking on
a link), they will be more likely to become a clients of a web
standards compliant website.

Browser Compatibility

A web standards compliant site is displayed correctly (and looks
the same) in all standards compliant browsers. Adjusting the
site to suit a less helpful browser (Internet Explorer, for
instance) is much easier with CSS than with tables. This saves
enormous amounts of time for a web designer.

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