Web standards is the set of formal standards, recommendations (W3C terminology meaning standards), specifications, and body of best practices and widely used conventions used for building your Web pages. It includes:
There are many reasons to adopt standards in your Web site, whether your site is hand-built with and editor, or you use a content management system.
A commitment to support Web standards is an important action towards implementing good business practices. Web standards provides:
This is sufficient for creating a business case supporting adoption of standards. But making the case for standards to constituent groups may be helped by more detail and context.
Web standards allow for better code by enabling separation of concerns: data, presentation and behavior. Better coding reduces development and maintenance costs, increases code reuse, and allows the benefits of specialization.
Web standards make web documents more accessible to all types of users and machine agents, and more visible to search engines. Standards compliant Web resources:
Web standards will ease the burdens of webmasters by allowing them to focus more on content and less on design and development issues. Following standards makes Web administration easier and improves user experience.
Using web standards reduces the costs of development, maintenance and operation of web sites. Standards-compliant sites are more efficient and cost less to maintain.
When work began on the next revision of HTML in 2004, experts predicted widespread adoption would take more than a decade. However, early adoption by browser publishers and service giants Google and Yahoo, among others, have enabled practical applications of HTML 5 in 2009. The design community is rushing to demonstrate that the new language can be used now.
HTML 5 replaces HTML 4.01 and XHTML 1. It supports rich applications through introduction of new elements and attributes; an extensive set of new behaviors comparable to Adobe flash and flex, Microsoft Silverlight, and others; offline storage; document editing; and many other application-enabling features. Another revolutionary aspect of HTML 5 is its greater semantic expressiveness, thereby enabling greater accessibility for users relying on assistive technology and automated machine agents.
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