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What are the W3C Standards?

Why are coding standards important?

How do I know if my web pages, or those developed by others, are compliant with all applicable standards?

Standards Compliance

1. What are the W3C Standards?

The W3C Standards are developed and maintained by the W3C to ensure the maximum possible level of interoperability (how well pages work with different web browsers and operating systems) of web pages.

2. Why are coding standards important?

These standards are important, since web sites that are designed to comply with them will work on the widest possible variety of web browsing software, on Windows, Mac, Unix and other operating systems.

3. How do I know if my web pages, or those developed by others, are compliant with all applicable standards?

There are some tools that you can test your pages that are made freely available to anybody on the web. Notably, the W3C provides tools to validate page markup (the code that is used to construct the pages), and for testing the styles used in pages (CSS) for validity.


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