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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