Tag: web standards

Why so naked?

by on Apr.08, 2009, under Web Standards

Well, in support of improving web standards, every year there is a “CSS Naked Day” and today is that day. This has been going on for the past 3 years and the numbers are ever increasing. look for your self :)

  • 2006 saw 763 sites stripped off
  • 2007 saw 1689 sites stripped off
  • 2008 saw 2189 sites stripped off

Want to join in? Head over to the Annual CSS Naked Day website and show your support :)

Just out of interest too, removing stylesheets allows you to see how accesibly your website is too :)

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Web accessibilty and the current situation

by on Nov.20, 2008, under Web

A collegue approached me the other day to discuss accessibility with regards the sitebuilder software I develop at work. We carried out some tests on one of the sites that had been created usning the software and it turns out that it is a lot more accessible than I thought it was. With a couple of tweaks here and there I can get all the sites that the system produces to pass the WCAG 1.0 AA level of accessibility.

This got me thinking about the current state of standards on the internet. I even posted a question a on Linkedin which revealed some interesting answers. It seems that most professionals do actually abide by some form of standard beit accessibility related or validation related. The conclusion I have drawn from the answers on Linkedin and my own personal experience is that if you conform to one of the main standards out there (WGAC or one of the many HTML validators out there) then chances are you will meet the majority of criteria from one of the others and with a small amount of tweaking you can create a site which is both valid and accessible to around 95% of users who frequent the internet.

I was also reminded of the Disability and Discrimation Act (DDA) which in the UK states that websites need to be accessible by all who wish to view them. The problem with this law is that it is vague with regards how far you need to go in order to comply with it. The other problem with this law is that there is nobody policing it, if there was then maybe the standard on the internet would be a little higher.

A couple of questions to think about are:

  1. Are your current systems accessibly?
  2. If so, how far did you go (i.e. WCAG 1.0 AAA)?
  3. If not, why not?
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Time to get naked again

by on Apr.04, 2008, under Web

Well its that time of the year again … time to strip of the styles and show the world how well your site performs when it comes to meeting web standards. The stripping will take place on the 9th April 2008.

Dont worry if you don’t think your site does meet the majority of the web standards, its more about joining in and seeing what your site looks like naked .

So head over to signup and show your support for Web Standards on the internet :)


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