Non W3C compliant source code
Non W3c Compliant Code
I’ve mentioned W3C compliance issue before in my blog and hey - if web designers don’t wish to use W3C compliant code, that’s fine, (their pigeon!) - but why mislead visitors to the site by claiming that their work is W3C compliant, when quite clearly it isn’t?
What is W3C compliant code?
To quote from a previous blog article that mentions w3 c compliant code, “The W3 part of the acronym stands for WWW, or World Wide Web and the C part of W3C stands for Consortium, so W3C means “World Wide Web Consortium”. W3C is a combination of member organisations that work together to develop the standards for the World Wide Web (WWW). So, if a site has W3C compliant source code, it passes the compliance standards set out by the W3 Consortium.”
Whilst we ensure compliance on our sites, we don’t stick W3C Logos on our site or stick up big banners claiming compliance - There’s nothing wrong with that - but not if you are non compliant!
The purpose of writing this wee article is to give a big hello to the chaps at London based Web Design Agency WebTeamEU, who emailed me today requesting a link. I had a quick look at the webteameu.com site, whom, I believe have a nice looking site. The reason for mentioning them is that they have four graphics on their page to point out what they do and one of them is a W3c compliance graphic. Bye the way, I mean no malice here, the WebteamEU team appear to design nice looking sites.
What amused me is that on the front page of the WebTeauEU site, their graphic says, “W3C Compliant Websites - Look out for it in our work”
They also feature front page content that reads “We are passionate about W3C and we always mark our work with it. The W3C Conformance logo is clearly displayed on any design work. If you choose to go with us, you will have a website which displays the W3C logo & demonstrates to search engines that your website is interoperable, and to your customers that you have worked with a professional Web design company which has taken due care when building your site.”
Yet on checking W3C compliance, on the front page alone, I discovered no less than 527 non compliant errors! On One Page! I also checked three sites on the Webteameu portfolio page and of the three I checked, one of the sites was compliant, but the other two were non compliant.
My point isn’t that WebTeamEU.com, or any other website should be W3C compliant, but that if you are a web designer or web design agency and to have a banner graphic on your page claiming source code compliancy, content on the page claiming all your source code is W3C compliant, as well as featuring the W3C source code standard logo on your website - your site should be W3C compliant. It should certainly not feature 527 non W3C compliant source code errors! (This was written some time ago and as of today, 27/10/10, there are only 44 errors)
After viewing this, I’m sure the chaps at WebTeamEU will fix the con-compliant errors and then some of the content in this article will look inaccurate, but I have copied the errors and the code elsewhere, so if anyone wants to see them in the future, they just have to ask.