Now that you’re armed with how web standards can improve your websites, remember
that the learning never stops. Methods and techniques are constantly being tweaked,
improved, and updated, even as I tap out the last few words of this chapter. What better
way to stay on top of the game than on the Web itself? You’ll find thousands of helpful
sites out there exploring the wonders of standards-compliant design and development.
Where do you go from here?
To close this book, I’ve collected a few of my favorite resources, which I highly recommend
visiting regularly to stay sharp on the latest developments of the web standards world.
Organizations and publications
The World Wide Web Consortium is where it all happens. This is the organization that
leads the Web and develops the standards that we all use every day. The site serves as a
reference that is chock-full of technical details on anything and everything. Although it can
be difficult to navigate and digest, this site is the definitive source for standards.
Especially helpful are the W3C’s validation tools ( Use them often to
make sure your markup is in tip-top shape. You can validate by URL or by uploading a file
you’re working on locally.
Web Standards Project
Formed in 1998, the Web Standards Project (WaSP) promotes web standards to the public
and provides educational resources for web designers and developers to carry out stan-
dards-compliant methods. WaSP also works with and encourages browser and software
makers to adhere to the standards that it promotes.
The Web Standards Project site is filled with resources on everything standards related.
A List Apart
Founded by Jeffrey Zeldman and Brian Platz in 1998, A List Apart magazine explores the
design, development, and meaning of web content, with a special focus on techniques and
benefits of designing with web standards.
This indispensable online magazine has published many great tips and techniques on a
wide variety of standards-compliant design, development, and business topics. A must-
read “for people who make websites.”
CSS Zen Garden
Planted and curated by standards guru and WaSP member Dave Shea, the CSS Zen Garden
is “a demonstration of what can be accomplished visually through CSS-based design.”
Designers submit their own CSS designs that each reference the same markup structure.
What results is a continually updated showcase of cutting-edge CSS design.
A fantastic inspiration—and also a great destination to point CSS naysayers to. (I’m refer-
ring to those who believe CSS is incapable of great design. Ha! And to think that would
even cross someone’s mind.)
Dive Into Accessibility
Mark Pilgrim published this online book to help people better understand how easy acces-
sibility features can be to implement and also who benefits from these features.
Taking the perspective from five people, each with a different disability, the information is
incredibly easy to understand. Read through Mark’s explanations, and your sites will be
better because of them.
css-discuss “is a mailing list devoted to talking about CSS and ways to use it in the real
world.” This is a great place to ask questions and get answers as you’re exploring the ben-
efits of CSS. Plenty of helpful folks are out there with the knowledge to get you through
just about anything.
Digital Web Magazine
Published by Nick Finck, Digital Web Magazine was an online magazine full of columns,
news, and tutorials for web designers. The site “closed its doors” in March 2009, but its
archive is well worth browsing.
Web design and development online publication with “in-depth features, audio interviews,
training sessions and reviews,” brought to you by the folks at Carsonified, a company that
puts together popular conferences, workshops, and other web-related products.

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