The joy of standards compliance

How visible is your website?

By that I mean, how well can it be seen on various platforms?

A website can look great when viewed in a certain version of Internet Explorer. That doesn't mean it will look great in the latest version of FireFox. And a site may look completely different when viewed on a PC running Internet Explorer 7 from the same site on a Mac running Safari 5.

A good website is one that renders the same on the largest number of web browsers and platforms. Rendering is the process that browsers perform, changing the raw code provided by the web server into readable, (possibly) attractive text and graphics on a user's screen.

The way that a browser renders the source code can vary wildly, so results from browser to browser, from device to device, may vary wildly.

And these days, there are more and more platforms on which websites are viewed. As well as traditional desktop and laptop computers, there are now browsers built into tablet computers, smartphones, TVs and domestic appliances of all varieties.

Writing the code for a website is now only half the work. The other half is making sure it renders correctly on as many of the most common platforms as possible. That way, the site can reach as many people as possible.

There exist out on the internet web standards to which all web code should comply.It is imperative that web code is written to be standards compliant, as web browser creators make sure their browsers can render the same compliant code.

Here at igeek we ensure that all the code we write is standards compliant. The bottom line of this is that any website we write is viewable correctly on the greatest number of (common) browsers. So, in purely commercial terms, more customers can see what's on your website. We think that's important.

Standards compliance isn't the sexiest subject on earth, but in the world of web design it's one of the most important.