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    Great CSS Articles

    I've been working with CSS for quite some time now, but I've never really seen an article that tells you all the things a good website really needs to have. Being that it's actually rather difficult to find a well designed website on the internet, I think a list like this might not exist. I'm just wondering if there is a list that gives all the standards a well designed website must meet.

    For example, the first things that comes to mind are a strict doctype, and an IDed body.

    What are some of the biggest standards you feel a website must follow?

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    I don't put IDs on bodys, unless I'm going to be using a "current page" indicator without access to a server-side programming language.

    But as far as articles go, check out www.alistapart.com www.search-this.com www.smashingmagazine.com www.456bereastreet.com and www.digital-web.com for starters. I'm hoping that one of my own sites under development (look in my signature for the brown link) will be able to join that list in late January/early February.

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    I do not know if someone can stable standards for a well designed website.

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    In memoriam gold trophysilver trophybronze trophy Dan Schulz's Avatar
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    What do you mean by that?

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    alistapart.com is a very good one. Dan looking forward to your site.Looks like you wanted to make it online in september.

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    Wanted it, yes. Unfortunately life conspired against me (yet again).

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    ^ I am looking forward to your site as well
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    I'm just wondering if there is a list that gives all the standards a well designed website must meet.
    That's a bit of a vague question because it all depends on the criteria that the website has to support.

    If you want full accessibility for example then you can follow the guidelines here.

    Valid CSS and html is of course a must for any self respecting designer and the doctype will depend on the type of support you need for your elements. For instance iframes aren't supported in strict doctypes so you would need to use transitional. Most times though you would want to use a strict doctype but as I said earlier it does depend on the exact criteria required.

    A good website is simply one that is "fit for the purpose". Of course you then have to define what "fit for purpose" really means and does the site fulfill those criteria.

    Is it accessible to all? Does it need to be?

    Is the code valid and well structured semantically? (e.g. does it suffer from divitus)

    Is the css valid and as compact as can be? (e.g. does it suffer from classitus).

    Does the site use Javascript and will it work with javascript disabled?

    Is the site usable?

    Does it look good?

    Look at the 10 simple tips I offer here which cover the basics.

    The links Dan pointed to are very good also and cover lots of issues. There is no "one way" because every site is different and has different objectives.


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