This is a phrase that has many different interpretations. For some developers, Web standards-compliant simply refers to a "table-free site." For others, it may mean that the code has been "validated."
Our interpretation, which is a bit stricter than most, means:
- The Web site adheres to proper and currently accepted Web standards such as HTML, XHTML, XML, CSS, XSLT, DOM, etc.
- The Web site adheres to best practices for valid code, semantically correct code, user-friendly URLs, proper 404 error pages, etc.
- The Web site presentation, structure and content are properly separated. We accomplish this by placing the presentation in a Cascading Style Sheet (CSS), the structure in a template, and the content in the page itself or in a database.
Who decides what the standards are?
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is one of the most influential organizations for setting Web standards. They release technical specifications, recommendations and other documents guiding proper implementation. But in order for their standards to work, Web authors and browser companies must both read, understand and implement them.
We at Bear Creek Web read, understand and implement. You'll never have to worry about a site we've created becoming obsolesced by new standards.