XHTML / CSS coding - Ring Forth Web Studio
Despite the significance of server-side technologies and the rise in popularity of environments such as Flash, HTML — the language used to create the web — retains a key role in web design and development.
- XHTML is the current HTML standard, as detailed by the World Wide Web Consortium. That’s ‘X’ as in XML, and it means eXtensible. XHTML is basically an XML-based re-definition of HTML, designed to pave the way for future additions and developments. Websites should be designed to be XHTML-compliant, assuring maximum future-proofing in the changing environment of the web.
- CSS. Cascading Style Sheets aim to separate presentation from content, allowing (among other things) fast updating and maintenance of website designs, faster download times, and future ‘re-purposing’ of content for other media. Taking consideration of site needs and browser compatibility issues, style sheets should be used wherever possible.
- Navigation. Accessibility for everyone regardless of disability is a large part of the web’s power, and basic W3C guidelines in this area should always be followed. A more rigorous adherence to accessibility standards (up to triple-A rating) can be provided when needed.