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Wiki: Standards Talk

Standardizing the Web

I. Who We Are

A. Ross Olson

  • Hot Pepper/PGE
  • PSU
  • OMSI
 		* Order Somewhere Chaos

B. Nick Finck

  • Digital Web Magazine
  • A List Apart
  • Intel Microelectronics Services
  • Designs by Nick Finck

II. What are the standards?

A. W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) "recommendations"

  • HTML 4.01
  • XHTML 1.0
  • XHTML 1.1
  • XML 1.0
  • CSS 1
  • CSS 2
  • XSL 1.0
  • XSLT 1.0
  • DOM

B. ECMA (European Computer Manufacturers Association) "standards"

C. ISO (International Organization for Standardization) "standards"

  • ISO 8859-1

III. Benefits


  • Painless transition
  • Migrating to XML
  • Cleaner, more logical markup
  • Easier to update
  • Easier to hand-off
  • Increased interoperability
  • Porting to other devices
  • Less room for error
  • More stable
  • Greater accessibility
  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
  • Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0
  • Longevity
  • Build once, use anywhere


  • Painless transition
  • Migrating to XSL and XSLT
  • Simplified syntax
  • Separation of style from content
  • Easier to update and hand-off
  • Greater accessibility
  • Anyone can access the content using any browser
  • Longevity
  • Build once, use anywhere

IV. Validation

A. HTML/XHTML B. CSS C. Accessibility

V. Controversy

A. RAND/patents B. MSN.com and standards

VI. Resources

A. Resources we covered in this panel

  • Zeldman's standards lecture

B. Other resources about using web standards

  • Mozilla's web standards page
  • Building with rusted nails
  • Preparing for standard-compliant browsers, Part 1
  • Preparing for standard-compliant browsers, Part 2
  • XHTML roadmap
  • DOM introduction

C. General markup resources and articles

  • HTML resources

VII. Key understandings

A. RTFM: know the technology B. Know your audience C. Follow business goals: think scalable D. Write valid markup E. Use standard compliant tools

-- Last edited December 29, 2004
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