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Web Standards Defined

John Dowdell applauds Russ Weakley for attempting to define the term “web standards”. Russ says that “a site built to web standards should ideally be lean, clean, CSS-based, accessible, usable and search engine friendly.”

I would like to point to a previous definition of web standards, one which I think is both accurate and concise. I refer of course to the Devil’s Dictionary, which states that the term “web standards” refers to “A large stick or cudgel, used by the slightly more anal-retentive to beat the slightly less anal-retentive.”

Works for me.

P.S. I also think that Russ’s definition is spot on. Maybe some kind of merger between the two is required.

P.P.S. I also think that Russ’s checklist is pure gold. I will be merging some of those points in with my own QA cudgel list.

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