A humorous and too true write up that poses the question “what If drivers were hired like programmers?”
Other than me of course.
“One of the fundamental properties of the Web is the fact that it is just one space, and its a consensual space. It should be independent of the hardware you use. It should be independent of the software you use or the operating system its running on. It should also be independent of what culture you’re in, or whether your’e writing a wonderful, carefully edited document, or whether youre scribbling something on the back of the proverbial envelope. And it should be independent of what language you’re using, what character set, whether your letters go up and down, left to right, or right to left. Also, people should be able to access that information even if they have disabilities. At W3C we call this concept one Web for anyone, everywhere, on anything.”Tim Berners-Lee
The aim is to show that providing a semantically rich HTML gives much more value to your code: using a semantically rich HTML code allows a better use of CSS, makes your HTML intelligible to a wider range of user agents (especially search engines bots).
Nobody is calling it a definitive guide but MaxDesign’s web standards checklist is an excellent starting point.
WIPA is an organisation that brings Australian Web professionals together to exchange ideas, participate in debate, advance education and promote ethical practice.