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Jan 16
Dutch webdesign rules

The Dutch government created a law some time ago enforcing all government sites to be W3C valid, accessible,... There's a list of 125 guidelines to which a site should comply.
Some highlights:

  • valid HTML 4.01 or XHTML 1.0
  • CSS and semantic HTML and separation of structure and presentation
  • the W3C DOM (instead of the old Microsoft document.all)
  • meaningful values of class and id
  • meaningful alt attributes on all images
  • information offered in a closed format (think Word) should also be offered in an open format

Imagine a world where all websites would be compliant to these rules... Maybe the need of meaningful values for classes and id's and some more rules aren't that important, but every new page on the web should at least valid be XHTML1.0 Transitional... When writing new pages I try to comply to most of the rules (although I didn't know about them yet), I'll take a look at the whole list, some of them might be useful too.

Now if all browsers would render XHTML/CSS code that validates properly...

More information here.


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