Not all web developers adhere to web standards when developing websites. So when choosing a company to develop your website, make sure they develop with web standards in mind.
Some web developers have a resistance towards using W3C web standards. This is because they feel uncomfortable with abandoning the techniques they know and like, to learn new web standards complaint techniques. However there are several benefits to a website built to meet WC3 Web Standards:
By carefully structuring and coding your website, it is possible to ensure that people with visual, auditory or motive disabilities can access the content on you site just as able-bodied people can. In practice, this means the code used to create the pages of your website can be understood by screen-readers and modern web browsers alike, with no loss of context or message.
Compatibility with future web browsers
When defined standards and valid code are used, documents become future-proofed and the risk of future web browsers not being able to understand your code is reduced.
Fast Downloaded and Rendering of web pages
Less HTML results in smaller file sizes and quicker downloads. Modern web browsers are able to render pages faster when the code follows defined standards.
Better search engine rankings
The separation of content and presentation makes the content represent a larger part of the total file size. Combined with semantic mark-up this makes it easier for search engines such as Google, Bing and Yahoo to index your page, and provide more accurate search results determined by the actual content on the page. Google, Yahoo & Bing all reward websites that are built using structural and semantic mark-up.
Web standards can make it easier for developers to create websites and provide a better user experience to the visitors. If you’re website is not using web standards already, now is the time to start or you will risk being left behind.
If you are interested in updating your website so it adheres to the latest web standards, here at Forepoint we comply to the strictest web standards and strive to meet all accessibility guidelines, so why not contact us below.