The Pros And Cons Of Web Standards

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Close your eyes. Now, see yourself flying a plane with no radar, or as a stream running with no riverbank to guide it. This is what the World Wide Web would be like without Web Standards. Immense Networks offers a clear scenario.
Imagine driving your car where there are no street lights, stop signs, or lanes; it would be pure chaos. Standards are created for universal order, and the web is no different. Web developers should abide by standards to keep things flowing properly on the internet (Web Standards Matter, 2010). Compare Web Standards and the Web to a parent 's guidance of their children. Children thrive in a structured, stable environment. When the time comes, the children have the choice of spreading their wings, finding their way, trying new things and being whatever it is they wish, with but a bit of hard work and study. As well, they are allowed to experience failure, trying things that don 't work, but given the space they need to experiment. This is the way of Web Standards. They are standards, not regulations, providing structure, guidance and yet allowing for the expansion, design and exploration of new and innovative ideas. Web
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Yet without it, people who have difficulty seeing and rely on screen readers that read aloud the content have no idea that an image is even there. It is not only a barrier to the visually disabled, many people choose not to load images or they have JavaScript turned off because of their location and slow bandwidth. They as well, benefit from the alt tag. Users who have motor impairments tend to use the keyboard rather than the mouse to navigate websites, as well as those who use voice input to move around. If a developer wants to truly create high quality web projects and tools, accessibility for people who cannot navigate the web in the usual manner should not be disregarded or excluded from using the products and services of the

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