Today is the Fifth International Blue Beanie Day in support of Web Standards. If you are a web designer and you strive in your work to follow a set of best practices for standardised, accessible and universal web design and development, then today you wear a blue hat to show support for Web Standards.
Designing and developing websites with web standards means:
- using valid HTML code,
- using semantic code (making sure each section of code is wrapped in the correct tags to give the section value and purpose),
Doing this brings only benefits:
- valid code means browsers will be better at rendering your page,
- semantic code means search engines will be able to make sense of you page and index the content properly
- separating content from presentation and interaction will make your site load faster in browsers, and will make maintaining your site easier
- and a bonus benefit: it improves accessibility for all users.
I am a web designer and I not only support web standards, I use and implement them every day.