Standards Schmandards

w3cWell I finally finished (well almost) coding the website I recently designed. Being the anal perfectionist that I am, I wanted to make sure the site was XHTML strict compliant and validated correctly. Being that this is a very small our page site, I figured coding would be a breeze. Wrong, wrong!

Enter IE 6 and well, many hours later, I believe the site is working in this browser. I wish that when standards are published, they would be utilized by everyone, so there would actually be standards. I know this is a pet peeve of most developers and thousands of others have posted similar articles. But now that I’ve gotten to experience it first hand I realize how frustrating it has been to constantly tweak and hack code to fine tune your layouts so they display the way you intended within the major browsers.

I did at least find some nice tools and sites to assist me through this episode. Browsershots.org is a site that allowed me to test my code on many different platforms and browsers by taking screen shots of the pages I submitted. And this is a free site. I also posted on The Scripts Developer Network. This is a great developer resource with many articles, how-to’s and a great forum to post issues and questions.

So all in all, it has been a great learning experience, although quite frustrating at times, but at least the site is has been posted. It’s still a work in progress. I am trying to add a php mail to form and am tweaking this as I write this.

So if anyone out there has run into similar experiences and has other sites that may be of interest in this realm, I’d love to hear about them.