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What do you mean by “Modern Standards”?

Friday, January 20th, 2006

Basically it means we use Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and XHTML as the underlying technology for all our new website development work.

The World Wide Web and the Internet are always undergoing technological change but, in particular, the web is currently undergoing a major transition from an older web technology (loosely called “tables and frames”) to a new technology generally known as Cascading Style Sheets. This change is being driven by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C.org) which is the web standards organization based at MIT and we are following their recommendations. The new technology provides additional capabilities and makes it easier to design and maintain websites. The downside is that websites developed using the new technology may “break” when viewed using older browsers (e.g. any version of Netscape, Internet Explorer, etc. more than 3 years old). However, it is possible to install or upgrade to the latest versions of Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari for free.

XHTML is, in simple terms, the latest version of HTML. The last version of HTML was version 4.01. The W3C organization decided to call the next version of HTML “XHTML 1.0” rather than “HTML 5.0.” The X prefix is to reflect the fact that this latest version is compatible with another standard called XML which governs the automatic exchange of information between organizations. The new XHTML standard is also a bit stricter in its syntax which should, in the long run, make it more likely that website written using XHTML will “look” the same in different browsers.