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More Website Design Mistakes

We’ve covered web pages that suck, common validation errors, broken WordPress Themes, finding bad links, optimization, web standards, and bad writing, and now we’ve found another list of more website design and development mistakes you need to know about.

465 Berea Street – Web development mistakes, redux covers more of the more common website mistakes and problems with validation. These include document types, span errors, problems focusing on the visual and not structure, poor semantics, character entities or code mistakes, bad or missing image alt and link titles, invalid ID and CLASS attributes, browser sniffing and browser specific style sheets, lacking measurements units in CSS, dependency on flash, replacing text with images, bad or old HTML structure, frames, fixed widths, non-elastic layouts, and more CSS, XHTML/HTML, and accessibility mistakes.

Part of learning how to design websites and blogs is learning what NOT to do as well as what to do.

If standards conscious designers follow conventions when naming elements on their web pages, can we make it easier for users to create their own stylesheets which will work more efficiently across a wide range of sites?
Stuff and Nonsense – What’s in a Name?

In Stuff and Nonsense’s “What’s in a Name? Part 1” and Part 2, along with Eric Meyer’s Structural Naming, the issue of web designers following web standards in structure and CSS is discussed. I personally believe that a house should be built to code. Yes, the code can be pushed to its limits, but the codes are there for a reason. The stronger and more stable the structure, the longer the house will stand and the safer it will be. Bypassing such standards and codes causes more problems, and greater costs, in the end.

Web standards and conventions are not necessarily around to break or ignore. They are there to follow. Sure, the need for speed and pushing the envelope in web page design is there, but work within the standards, and then become involved in improving and expanding those standards, not hacking them up as they are.

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  1. gr33n
    Posted November 6, 2005 at 11:49 pm | Permalink

    isn’t linking to post’s url inside same post kinda design mistake or writing mistake or whatever … i mean, from the first paragraph:

    “… list of more website design and development mistakes you need to know about.”

    i can see that “website design and development mistakes” is a link to some website … oh, oh – that website is a current post/blog entry … start the loop …

  2. Posted November 7, 2005 at 8:10 am | Permalink

    The link you are talking about goes to the category for that post and other posts on website design and development. The first post just happens to be current, so it is at the top of the list. Give it another day or two and it will drop lower on the list.

    I sure wish this Theme, as well as all WordPress Themes, had a search results template file that returned excerpts rather than whole posts on search results, a topic I’ll be talking about soon.

    Thanks for keeping a careful eye out for my boo boos as I tend to write fast, edit fast and fix slowly later lately. 😉

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