Lets Talk W3C

Posted by Staycee Pine on Jun 5, 2013 10:15:11 PM

As web designers, we are suckers for using techy words and acronym’s that make no sense to anyone else other than our geeky pairs. Chances are though, you have probably heard us rant on about W3C, and W3C Validation and thought to yourself, what on earth are these people on about?

To set the record straight, W3C is NOT one of the following:

  • A new type of smart phone
  • Optymus Primes alter ego
  • A new fad of GHD’s
  • The name of Lady Gaga’s pooch
  • An acronym you use to describe your totes amaze weekend

Ok got that, so what is W3C then?

First off, the term W3C simply stands for The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).  The W3C, founded and currently led by a chap named Tim Berners Lee, are basically a group of full time employees working together to develop and maintain standards and guidelines for the World Wide Web (WWW).

The World Wide Web – sounds like an awfully big place!

I know right! It’s so massive I can’t even wrap my brain around it. Recent statics show there are approx 14.78 billion indexed web pages in the WWW (World Wide Web), and still counting. Woahzis.

So the W3C are a group of rule makers?

In a nutshell, yes! They write the rule book.

The W3C develop standards, rules and guidelines that help shape the way for web designers, developers and browser vendors to make sure the code we are creating is industry compliant, and the same across the board.

If W3C are the rule makers, then what is this W3C validation business?

Just like any spoken language, the programming languages we use to develop websites such as HTML, CSS and JavaScript (just to name a few) each have their own vocab and syntaxes. To make sure our code is compliant, and written in the right context, we must run each web page through the W3C validator.

It’s common for web designers to be slammed with errors when first running the validation test, but part of the process is to rectify these issues until you get the green light! Sounds like fun hey!

Why is W3C important?

With the Internet pretty much second nature, W3C compliant code should be a top priority among website owners and web designers alike. A website which doesn’t pass W3C standards, could mean the difference between enquiries or no enquiries, and for business owners targeting online clients this is most crucial.

There are literally hundreds of different ways a website can be coded, depending on the techniques used which vary from designer to designer. Ultimately though having a website that is 100% W3C compliant is what you should be aiming for, it also means:

  • A faster loading site
  • Slimmer much leaner code
  • Consistent and Improved User Experience
  • Compatibility across all major browsers and devices
  • Search Engines are able to trawl your site much easier, increasing your rankings
  • Easier for your web designer to maintain
  • Peace of mind knowing your site is well built and structurally sound – to industry standards.

Keep in mind that W3C is not the only way to gage how well a website is built, it is mealy just one small part of the process we, web designers, take to ensure the code we are writing is compliant and of standard.

Now you are up to speed with the techy term W3C, lets get down to business and see if your site passes W3C standards.

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