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    Smile Html specification for new site

    I'm having a site developed and am wondering what I should do in terms of specs of the html itself. I want CSS for sure because it centralizes much of the design from the content. I'm a little stumped by DIVs though, because I don't know how compatible they are with different browsers. AFAIK, DIVs are great because they also centralize the layout, which would normally require tables. I'm not too up-to-date on this, so if you guys could give me some feedback I'd greatly appreciate it.

    Also, are there other things I should look for in terms of html specifications?

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    Where to start?

    You can't "specify" HTML, apart from asking your designer to conform to a particular doctype - XHTML 1.0 Strict is the most strict (duh!) as it enforces the separation of content from presentation.

    You should certainly consider requesting the following:

    - Use CSS for positioning (not tables)
    - Use external stylesheet and javascript files, not inline
    - Section 508 or WCAG 1.0 compliance (accessibility)
    - Valid XHTML and CSS
    - Cross-browser and cross-platform compatibility (Windows: IE5+, FF, Opera, Netscape; Mac: Safari, FF)


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