Is Your Blog W3C Compliant?

Last night I checked my personal blog’s code hoping I can proudly display the W3C Validated Button. Since I use Blogger and do not really do anything to clean up the code (beyond adding Alt-tags to the images I embed) I wasn’t surprised at all to find that my blog contained lots of errors – 851 Errors to be exact. Of course it was still a bit disappointing but as I said, it wasn’t a big surprise. Since I do not employ any web designer after all and Blogger offers a really easy to use and free service than I can’t really complain much. However, for the bloggers out there that do employ the services of a web designer it would be a really good idea if you are getting your money’s worth.

If you find out that the code is not that flawless do not be too harsh on your web designer though. Go ahead and ask why there are errors. If there aren’t too many most probably the problem lies in your own posts and the “template” provided by the designer might even be flawless. However, if there are just too many errors then you can ask the designer to clean up the code, unless you weren’t able to stipulate in your contract that the code needs to be W3C compliant. In that case, you can chalk it up to experience and either pay an additional fee or choose to stay with the existing design as long as your blog looks decent enough when viewed using browsers other than Internet Explorer.

Useful Stuff:
Validate Your Code Here.
Read about W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) Here.

Originally posted on October 16, 2007 @ 10:11 am