Well, I follow the standards. And I definitely think everyone
I haven't done many "big webdesigns" myself, but my
<a href="http://www.iki.fi/wwwwolf/">home page is as
standards-compliant as possible. I've made one bigger
page for pay (A small Finnish
<a href="http://www.kuhmo.fi/talvisota/index.html">war museum
page), but I wiped it from my CV as soon as some idiot touched it with
FrontPage. (Yes, I'm serious. Actually, I mention in the CV that the
brokenness of the front page and technical stuff that still plagues
the page are not my fault. =)
Because writing standard-compliant code is easy. Everyone
with half the brain can do it. If someone is unable to write
standards-compliant HTML, I call them lazy for a reason.
A very quick guide to standards compliance: Make sure you use all
required attributes, keep end tags properly matched, add the DTD
declaration, and validate early and often.
Most often, the validators seem to complain about missing ALT=
attributes for images, and such. Laziness, as I said.
Personally, I was out of validation services for a long
time. During that time, I updated my page kind of often. What was the
result when I got the validator again? 5 HTML errors, I guess. And I
had many pages there that I had changed several times.
And remember: Validity often helps a lot when you make the
pages to be as accessible as possible.
Standards compliance it's not fascism, it's common sense that
everyone should listen to.
-- Weyfour WWWWolf, a lupine technomancer from the cold north...