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Create a Site that is Compliant with W3C CSS Standards

W3C is the acronym for World Wide Web Consortium and it is an administrative organization that drafted rules on how the structure of your website and its pages should be when they are being developed. Even though these rules are not mandatory in order for your website to be viewed in the right way in browsers, they are considered vital.

For this reason, it is advisable for your site to be compliant with W3C standards.

Back in the 1990s, there were no standards for Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and every browser interpreted styles in a different way. However, W3C came up with standards for CSS and this led all browsers to change their algorithms and they began moving them closer to W3C CSS standards as much as possible. This change in algorithms led to a serious problem in that all the web pages that were designed to be used with old algorithms for browsers began appearing as a mess.

This problem was solved by browsers coming up with the quirks mode, which is triggered when there is no docotype declared at the start of a webpage. Browsers act like old browsers in quirks mode and they do not interpret styles according to the modern CSS standards. They use old rules and old algorithms for interpreting styles. With the introduction of W3C CSS standards, it is essential for all websites to comply with the rules. Apart from meeting this requirement, there are a lot of benefits to gain by using CSS.

The first benefit is speed since the reduced size of each page results in quicker load times than those of pages that lack a style sheet. Another benefit of having a website that is compliant with CSS is that maintaining it is easy since the chances of error are low and consistency is high. It is also easy to modify websites that utilize stylesheets with either HTML or XHTML and they can appear to be the same in different browsers.

There is also a downside to using CSS and one of the disadvantages is that it is difficult for old browsers to support it. Another disadvantage is that CSS 2.1 only allows seventeen named colors. The rest of the colors need to be replaced by the use of cryptic hexadecimal numbers. However, the advantages of CSS are more than the disadvantages. At ORPAX QUALTRA, we offer web design services that will enable you to create a site that is compliant with W3C CSS standards. We are able to reformat your site in order to ensure that it will comply with these standards.

If your website is large, we pursue CSS validation first, which we then follow up with HTML and XHTML validation. This works to reduce the amount of frustration that you face. In order to make your website Accessibility compliant, we also implement Accessibility standards. This involves simplifying or at times eliminating your code and then reformatting your site into CSS format. If your site complies with W3C CSS standards, you will find that it will be more interesting and pleasant to look at.

It is essential for all websites to comply with W3C CSS standards for a number of reasons. Once is that disabled persons are able to get guaranteed access when you comply. The other reason is that your website becomes accessible from various devices and software. The third reason is that by complying with the standards, your site receives an appearance and functionality that is fairly standardized. Another thing is that search engine spiders can view your site easily if it complies with these standards. Your site will also be accommodated on many different kinds of browsers.

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