What’s So Important About Web Standards?

It’s been a while since we’ve posted here on the LunaWeb blog, but we wanted to assure you that we are, in fact, still here. We’d like to refresh our blogging efforts with some information that is at the heart of what we do here at LunaWeb, which is creating and sharing websites.

What goes into the creation of a website? Well, it’s a lot of code, a lot of creativity, and a lot of connection. There are some basic guidelines that help these aspects work in harmony for a faster, smoother web experience, and these guidelines are called web standards.

Web standards are all about ensuring three qualities in web-based content: interoperability, accessibility, and usability.

Interoperability means that data can be transferred, for example from one computer to another or one browser to another. The idea is that various technologies – whether they be Apple or PC, mobile or desktop, Firefox or Safari – they can all read and render the information to create a similar experience for the user.

Accessibility refers to how your site can be experienced by a wide range of users, including the elderly and those with disabilities.

Usability is the ease of learning and using a site. The goal is to reduce ambiguity (what will happen when I click on this button?) and lead users to information clearly and concisely.

Web standards make the Internet a better place for you and me, but who determines these rules? Why, that would be the good old World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)! This group headed by Tim Berners-Lee at MIT has been setting recommendations for Internet development since 1994.

While the group’s recommendations are by no means law or even mandatory, a guiding light in such a rapidly expanding industry is crucial to continuing development. It’s the reason technology has been able to move from binary ones and zeros all the way to a widely usable Internet with hundreds of millions of websites with browsable information. Far from needing years of coding experience like the pioneers of the Internet, one only needs a connection, a device, and click-happy finger to access and even contribute to the virtual landscape of blogs, Wikipedia, Facebook, and of course, LOL cats.

When we are creating a website here at LunaWeb, the W3C’s standards are at the top of our mind, because we think that makes a better Internet for all of us.

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