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Web standards

Web standards is a collection of technologies developed for the internet by the W3C. The idea behind web standards is for a common set of standardised technologies to be used across the internet so that solutions are developed in a non-proprietary, platform independent way. In the case of designing and developing web sites, a common set of technologies has been adopted by the web development community. These include the following:


  • Semantic XHTML - (document structure)
  • CSS - (document presentation)
  • ECMAScript (Standardised JavaScript) - (document interactivity)

This web site has been developed using these standards in accordance with the latest accessibility guidelines.


The benefits of developing with web standards include:

  • Faster web development
  • Simplified web site maintenance
  • Increased web site accessibility
  • Reduced bandwidth costs
  • Improved user experience
  • Increased platform independence
  • Re-purposing of information

Further information

The following links give more information about web standards and web site accessibility:

Web standards

Web accessibility