I noticed this article come through my blogs.
If you’re reading this article, you probably already have an interest in the subject of “Web standards,” and are curious about the application of standards in a site that’s built with Dreamweaver.
Perhaps you already have an understanding of Web standards, but you’re not sure how to use Dreamweaver to create compliant code. Or perhaps you’re a Dreamweaver user who wants to comply with Web standards, use CSS more extensively, and produce more accessible documents. Either way, this article has the answers you need: it will show you how work to Web standards using Dreamweaver.
This article is actually excerpted from SitePoint’s new release, Build Your Own Standards Compliant Website Using Dreamweaver 8, by Rachel Andrew. This book shows you, step-by-step, how to develop a standards compliant Website using XHTML Strict markup and CSS. With this book, you can swiftly and successfully develop attractive, functional sites that conform to Section 508 legislation, and pass the WAI accessibility guidelines with a Triple A rating, using the extensive capabilities of Dreamweaver 8. As always, you can download this information in pdf format, if you’d rather read it offline.
As we’ll discover in the course of this chapter, there are excellent commercial reasons why sites should be developed to meet Web standards. The decision to adopt Web standards shouldn’t be about jumping on a bandwagon, or keeping up with the latest Web development fashion. It’s about producing good quality work, and knowing that your development approach will benefit your clients or employers as well as site visitors.
Web Standards Defined
As we’ll be concerned with Web standards throughout this book, let’s take a moment to clarify exactly what we’re talking about.
Web standards are specifications that direct the use of development languages on the Web, and are set by the World Wide Web Consortium (or W3C). These specifications cover languages such as HTML, XHTML, and CSS, along with a range of other languages, such as MathML, a markup language designed to represent mathematical equations, that you might come across if you have a specific need. The W3C also publishes the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)—recommendations that address the accessibility of Web pages—via the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).