I am going to list some of the benefits and hopefully anyone from a site owner to a developer can take something from this.
- Makes maintenance a breeze
- Search Engine Optimized
- Faster Page Load Times
- Sites Look Good Across Multiple Browsers
- Now this is something I am seeing more and more and it’s not always the easiest to show someone. First of all ALWAYS bring a laptop to any client meeting that has multiple browsers functioning on it. You can always send screenshots but it is much easier to see it in action. What many people do not realize is that unless coded properly, web sites can look completely different on different browsers (IE, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera, etc). Not only that but they can look completely different on the same browsers of different versions (IE6 and IE7 almost NEVER render pages the same with the same code the first time you test it). By coding with web standards you run the least amount of risk when looking at your site across different browsers and browser versions. I am saying that coding with web standards will give you the same results on every browser? Of course not but it is a step in the right direction and makes troubleshooting your code much easier when it’s laid out properly.
Hopefully you were able to get something out of this. If anyone has anything they’d like to add go ahead and comment away. Web standards are always evolving and have greatly helped CWS in its successes over the last 2 years.