What is W3C all about?

Aung Htet May 26, 2012
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I want to know about two questions. That are
(1) What is the purpose of the W3C.
(2) When developing a websites, why is it important to follow W3C web standards?

  1. Laga Mahesa
    May 26, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    1) To make sure, as best as possible, that the web behaves and appears as expected, no matter what device, operating system or web browser you use.

    2) If you make a website and test only on your favorite web browser, don't be too surprised if it look awful on a different browser, or even browser version. Following the W3C standards minimizes this issue, but doesn't eliminate it.

    As Bruce said, Internet Explorer 6 is the classic example. You can spend all the time in the world getting your website looking great and identical in all modern browsers, but then you look at it in IE6 - which, according to StatOwl, still represents 2.5% of web traffic today.

  2. Bruce Epper
    May 26, 2012 at 1:10 am

    The W3C is the governing body that determines the direction that HTML and CSS will take in the future. They coordinate with all of their members about web standards.

    The classic example of why you should follow the web standards defined by the W3C is Internet Explorer 6 (and previous versions). Many companies developed internal applications using Microsoft's standards instead of those published by the W3C. This led to many companies being unable to efficiently move away from Internet Explorer 6, even to later versions of IE since it would require massive changes to business critical applications since Microsoft decided they would be better served by following the W3C standards instead of making up their own.

    With IE6, there is a lot of extra coding that must happen in order to get pages to render the same way they are rendered by W3C standards-compliant browsers. The incompatibilities increase development and testing time, and can make it very expensive to upgrade to future technologies.

    The most important thing about following W3C standards is that no matter what browser a user has, your pages will work and will render identically. The less coding you have to do to keep things consistent between browsers benefits you and pages being rendered identically for the user reduces grief for them (and will encourage return visits to your site).