where can I find readable documentation for web standards (was RE: [thelist] Site redirect check : old browser)

aardvark roselli at earthlink.net
Tue Jun 5 01:47:36 CDT 2001

> From: "Joel D Canfield" <joel at spinhead.com>
> I haven't been to roselli.org for a while, so I went and got sucked
> in. Plenty to read, but it made me wonder (and I put this question

really?  i can't imagine anyone actually hanging out there for very 
long... look at a few pics, see my brother's journal, go stare at the 
paint drying... good to know it's moderately interesting to 

> before anyone who feels qualified to comment) have you read the w3c
> standards documents for CSS 1 and HTML 4.01 in the original legalese?

yep... since they make the standards, it's the best place to go...  
by no means are they fun reading, but as reference material while 
working, they're quite handy... and it's good to read the intros and 
data on the WAI, too, as that helps frame the raw information...

> If not those original documents, how did you gather the info necessary
> to ensure those levels of compliance?

just those documents, the W3C validator (http://validator.w3.org/), 
and some interpretation... and people here who love the opportunity 
to point out flaws in my code (thank god)...

> the documentation. Is w3c.org really the place to start? </rambling>

*i* think so, but that's only because to date i've never found an 
HTML book that's good enough... O'Reilly's HTML 4.0 book is 
good, though... but after finding too many books with incorrect 
code samples, invalid code, and even browser-specific tags trotted 
out as valid HTML, i just started relying on the w3c site, and have 
been doing so ever since...

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