What’s the problem?

I mentioned a few weeks back that I’m writing a new book. A feature of each chapter is a real world example that demonstrates some aspect of the chapter using valid HTML, valid CSS, and accessible design. In other works, a standards-based site.

I search for the real world examples using the sites that purport to catalog good CSS design examples, but when you run the basic validation tools on these examples, they don’t measure up. If you want a truly good standards-based design you have to go to a designer’s site, not to a regular, run-of-the-mill commercial site that would be visited by normal people who are not web designers. What’s holding back the everyday working business sites? Is it too hard, too steep a learning curve, too much browser incompatibility? After all these years, shouldn’t more average Jane or average Joe web production people be capable of using standards? Surely it isn’t only the 0.01% of the population who are standardistas who attempt to do good work with standards-based design.

Make my day. Tell me about a good example. I’d love to be proven a liar about the lack of good examples.

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