What are web standards?

What are web standards? And why should I care? A fun new clip from the BigThink marathon Zeldman interview. See also this and that. Or just click the “CHANNELS” button in the video above.

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53 thoughts on “What are web standards?

  1. it’s one thing to read your book and learn, its an entirely different experience to watch you talk about it…

    loved the part at 7:29, design, problem and solving the problem and the tradeoffs associated. Awesome… I’m loving this video series

  2. I’ve always appreciated that you didn’t get religious about web standards. When I started making web sites, we used tables and no CSS. DWWS was friendly, and I liked the “start where are you and move forward” sentiment.

    These videos are great…thanks!

  3. Hey Z,

    what’s going on with the band aids? Have you been pruning the roses again? (grin)

  4. This was excellent, thank you for sharing your thoughts and reflections. Having lived and worked and followed you and others like you since the late 90’s, I hung on every word.

    I completely enjoyed the entire series, and hope there will be more.

    You don’t look anything like your icon, btw :)

  5. Congratulations with the interview, fun to watch and it’s nice to see how similar your view is to most of us out there. Tradeoff after tradeoff.

  6. Fantastic interview. I notice that you’re presence on screen evokes almost exactly the same proportions as the great pyramid of Giza. Is that coincidence? Or have you just become a foundational figure of history in the web? ;P

    I completely agree with your design philosophy! Very refreshing. Please keep sharing.

  7. You hit the nail on the head , I too have seen so many client’s eyes Glaze at the mention of their new website being developed to meet current web standards. The majority of small to medium sized businesses (SME’s) are not aware or not the slightest bit interested in web standards.
    Over the last 8 years, we have built 100’s of sites and in all this time, I cannot remember one instance when the client has requested that the site is developed with web standards in mind.
    The only way to get clients to realise the importance of web standards and accessibility is to emphasise that by adopting best practice in these areas it will also assist them in achieving a high ranking on Google. To sell web standards to the ‘real world’ you have to tell it in a way that will make them listen.

  8. Great content! One criticism I have of it: usually a director will have the speaker looking off screen not staring directly into the camera lens/our souls.

  9. Nobody is an expert. Funny, especially about the surgeon… indeed someone has to know something, or else we’re screwed during an operation.

    I thought it was only one video, but it is more divided by topic. I loved listening to you. The topic about comments on sites is really interesting and something I’ve been analyzing over time. I.e. so that I can keep a positive environment for all at Scene 360 projects.

    It’s quite interesting how some sites don’t have moderators because they don’t have time to review hundreds of comments per day, but on the other hand permit offensive language creating a bad environment. And it is very annoying to go into a site to get ripped apart without much sense of what is being commented.

    And of course there is good and bad everywhere. But I think with some effort from site owners/bloggers, you can improve the quality of comments… especially if you exclude swear words and insults. Or just don’t put comments if you cannot review it. Everyone has an opinion, and they should be entitled to share it, but stating you “suck,” one word sentences doesn’t seem to explain much or give constructive criticism. I’ve also experienced that there are designn community sites that don’t have issues with comments. E.g. Behance Network. Since most users are not anoynmous, there are less negative attacks. If people are tracked down by name, someone known in the industry it is unlikely for that person to start f-wording or other.

    Keep up the good work, Zeldman!

  10. For someone who claims that they are not the authority, are you going to refund all the money I’ve spent on your books? The books appear to be written by someone who knows what he’s talking about.

    From my experience, being there first usually means that you had the insight to focus your attention on something before others and that’s not usually a once in a lifetime event. So, please keep us appraised as to what shinny bobble has captured your attention.

    Keep up the good work.



  11. I really enjoy the interviews and workshop recordings you’ve been posting recently. Maybe categorize or tag posts with audio & video files uniquely, or take it a step further and start Zeldman Podcast Radio!

  12. Great interview. This was perfect for me, its nice to be reminded about how it all came to be. I took a lot from this. Thanks

  13. Good interview.
    Web design, should always follow the web standards, it’s just good practice and it makes for a better site.
    When I go to see new clients, I always pick apart their old website and explain that their old designer has not built the site to standard and why it should be.

  14. Great video, Jeffrey. As I told you at SXSW this year, I read every page of your book, and it changed my life. EVERY web developer should read it, know it, live it.

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  16. Just fantastic. I could watch this again and again. It’s strange to think that I was surfing the web in 1995 and we were all new to “the web”… It’s scary how far the tech has come in 10+ years. And each day brings new challenges…with Z at the helm, we’re in safe hands.

  17. What amazes me is that even though there are very well defined web standards out there (and believe me, this was a major part of my BS in Web Design and Development Program), so many designers and developers COMPLETELY fail to abide by them!

    I know it’s not that convenient to use proper code (really, it isn’t), but it’s not very DIFFICULT either. It seems like no matter how well codified and explicit these rules get, designers will continue to bend them (or outright ignore them) as long as there’s no major negative penalty for doing so.

    And I’m not saying that something like that should be developed, but come on guys! As a community, it’s time for us to step up and use proper techniques!

  18. It is not the web designers are so much worried about the standards. It is client who worries about the standards so much. Even if explained that standards have to do nothing with the design they don’t accept it. But this video is really interesting has to be watched by few of my clients.

  19. Great video. It is amazing how things have changed since the mid ’90’s web development. We used to waste so much time making things work on every browser, every platform. We still need to manage this stuff to some extent, but things are so much better via web standards. Thanks for all you hard work in this area. Keep up the good work!

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