The Little Book of Website Quality Control

The Little Book of Website Quality Control

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Why bother with quality control when building a website? Simple. Quality control (QC) helps you determine whether your site meets your own expectations and, more important, whether it meets professional best practices. Without QC, you have no way of telling whether your site is any good prior to unleashing it upon the world. QC can save you time, money, and a lot of anxiety.

This short book covers QC for several website aspects—such as security, functionality, and code quality—and provides links to many useful tools that can help you in each of these areas. Author Jens Oliver Meiert also explores important areas of QC in practice, which requires training and is dependent on team mindset, automation, and enforcement.

Due to key differences in approach, this ebook focuses specifically on quality control for websites rather than web apps.

This ebook covers:

  • Security
  • Accessibility
  • Usability
  • Performance
  • Functionality
  • Maintainability
  • Semantics
  • Validation
  • Design consistency and layout
  • Typography
  • Code quality
  • Coding standard compliance

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Jens Oliver Meiert

Jens Oliver Meiert

Jens Oliver Meiert believes that people have many talents. Jens is an established expert web developer who has contributed to technical standards of the Web (W3C) and who has laid the foundations for large-scale international websites that reach millions of users every day (GMX, Google). He has written a book about designing with CSS (O’Reilly, 2005/2007), developed frameworks and quality management systems for Google (2008–2013), and somehow got nominated “Web Developer of the Year” by .net magazine (2011). Jens is an everyday adventurer, described in another book (“100 Things I Learned as an Everyday Adventurer”), who has traveled 6 continents, 70 countries, and more than 400 cities. He has made it his priority to try whatever is new to him, whatever activity or lesson comes close, and counted almost 200 of these in the last 3 years alone. Jens quit his job and left his city to go backpack the world, which he’s still doing now, 18 months later. Jens is a social philosopher who has over the last few years studied more than 200 works around the topics of philosophy, psychology, social sciences, public policy, economics, etc. He’s an active supporter of and contributor to initiatives that place emphasis on freedom, trust, and rights, and he’s focusing his own efforts on breaking through the probably-not-so-accidental apathy we observe in our world today. Follow Jens’s work on his website, meiert.com.