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Quality Standards in Web Design

Beach Web Design aims for high standards of quality in Web design and development.

Our websites are designed, developed and tested with a set of internationally accepted formal standards in mind. The following tables give an explanation of each one.
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Following Web standards for quality construction

Quality Standards in Web Development

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Valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional

Valid XHTML

XHTML stands for Extensible Hypertext Markup Language. It is a more modern version of HTML (HyperText Markup Language) that is compatible with XML (Extensible Markup Language), a formal method used in creating hierarchically structured documents. The W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) publish formal standards for XHTML documents, and also provide an online validation service which developers can use to validate their code and ensure it is correct.
As it is more modern, and therefore more compatible with future developments in web technologies, I use XHTML to structure web pages whenever it is possible. I validate my web pages when I first create them, and also after making changes.
Valid HTML 4.01!

Valid HTML 4.01

HTML 4.01 is the most recent version of HTML (Hypertext Markup Language). In some cases I will use this instead of XHTML, for example if the web page is also updated by an older program that is not XHTML compatible. The W3C also publish formal standards and an online validation service for HTML documents.
When creating HTML pages, I try to avoid using deprecated elements that are no longer guaranteed to be supported by web browsers, and I validate my web pages in the same way as with XHTML.
Valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional

Valid CSS

CSS stands for Cascading Style Sheets, and it is the modern method used to create most of the visual styles that appear in a web page. Previously this had all been done using HTML, but this method caused many accessibility problems. CSS was invented to increase flexibility in accessing information on a web page by separating the information, structured with HTML, from its visual layout and appearance.
I use CSS to separate information structure from visual design as much as possible. This increases the accessibility of my web pages and also allows me to apply different styles to the same information, for example producing different versions for mobile phones and printers.

Quality Standards in Web Accessibility

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Level 1 accessibility badge

Website Accessibility: Level A

The Web Accessibility Initiative produces a checklist of guidelines for website accessibility, separated into 3 levels of priority. Level A is the first level, ie it encompasses the highest priority guidelines but may still exclude some visitors.

Read the accessibility guidelines here.

Customers may have different requirements and priorities for web accessibility, but this level is a minimum standard. If it is not possible to make a web page meet this standard, an additional page will have to be created to provide an accessible version.
Level 2 accessibility badge

Website Accessibility: Level AA

The Web Accessibility Initiative produces a checklist of guidelines for website accessibility, separated into 3 levels of priority. Level AA is the medium level.
I always have the web accessibility guidelines in mind while designing websites and creating individual pages. I check all my web pages for Level AA compatibility, and aim to meet this standard wherever possible. Previously I had checked the guidelines by hand, but I have recently also begun using an automated checking tool from the University of Toronto.
Level 3 accessibility badge

Website Accessibility: Level AAA

The Web Accessibility Initiative produces a checklist of guidelines for website accessibility, separated into 3 levels of priority. Level AAA provides the best level of accessibility.
I always keep the web accessibility guidelines in mind and aim to meet this standard wherever possible. Many of the pages on my own website, including my home page, have been tested and passed this standard. Previously I had checked the guidelines by hand, but I have recently also begun using an automated checking tool from the University of Toronto.


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