What are (W3C) web development standards ?

Web development standards are a set of none static or evolving rules developed to promote and standardize the display of your website or application across all devices.

We all know that there are a variety of devices coming in different sizes with a growing selection of web browsers like Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Opera, Safari and others. We also know people use different operating systems such as Windows, Mac OS and Linux.

With all these possibilities, there is a high probability of your content, website or web application looking different in each of the devices, web browsers or operating systems. This means that if we wanted digital instances to work across different devices and configurations a standard was needed. It is possible to develop a website that does not comply with these standards but it is very likely that it will not be rendered properly by the different browsers and operating systems.

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is the entity in charge of creating and maintaining web standards. W3C seeks to maximize web development to ensure consistency and quality around the web.

The most common items touched by W3C are for application and website design including standards for building and rendering web pages such us HTML, CSS, SVG, device IP’s and other technologies. We can also find standards for audio and video quality, privacy settings, mobile websites, accessibility and JavaScript. These web developments standards are not only limited to the most common devices such as laptops, mobile phones or tablets. They also regulate things like voice browsing, device independence, content adaptation, multimodal access, web and TV.

These web technologies standards were developed by thousands of members of the community that felt the need to build a consensus to promote improvement of high quality standards while at the same being aligned with fairness, responsiveness and progress in web technologies.

What’s the process of submission of new web standards?

The process is very simple if you think there is an important subject to be discussed. You submit your request and a W3C team in search of signs of interest will analyze it, in some cases they will go as far as to do workshops to bring people together and discuss the topic. If W3C sees enough interest, the director will announce the development of a proposal for a new solution, then one or more groups will work on it.

There are three types of working participants: Member representatives, invited experts and team representatives.  Team representatives fund technical work and help to ensure the proper integration with W3C standards while other teams take care of the technicalities.

This process promotes global access and quality in technical decisions by acquiring the consensus sought after by the entire community. One of its most important factors to ensure the above is that not only W3C members review the process; the general public can review it as well to provide fairness across all scenarios.

At Kambda, we are always putting special attention in providing a good user experience on all devices. Take a look at our previous work and let us know if you require of our web development services.

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