With so many web development agencies emerging today I found myself doing some research in to how a few of these agencies (and freelancers) carried out the art of website production and how they manage differentiate themselves in such a large crowd.
So after a couple of hours running Google searches I came up with a list of agencies and freelancers that appeared to stand out on merit alone, that is without the assistance of Google Adwords.
As I slowly began looking through each of the agency portfolios, a couple of things struck me:
Now you may wonder why I decided to look into this ... well the answer is simple, I have been looking back through some of hte articles I have previously written and it got me wondering about the current state of things on the internet.
Based on this research I found that it appears to be that almost 70% of sites built by these design agencies contained at least one major coding error and 10-15 warnings.
Now I realise this quite a bold statement to make considering the shear number of agencies and freelancers out there and I am expecting a few disagreements to be made but there are always exceptions to these findings and this I am aware of .
This research has lead me to believe that has become more important to get sites out of the door as quick as possible regardless of whether the customer believes they are getting the quality they should be expecting.
On the back of these findings I decided to ask myself the following the question:
Given the toolsets that most developers tend to have in their arsenal these days and based on my own experiences (what else is there?) is it really that hard to produce semantically valid code. Given that most developers will probably use Firefox (I prefer Opera personally but thats a discussion for another time) and make use of a wide range of addons that are readily available to assist developers.
The following is a small list of the main ones I use myself for debugging and ensuring all my pages are semantically valid:
Simply by checking a couple of these tools before you release a site, it is very easy to tell whether your page conforms to one of the W3C standards. So the next time you are about to release a site, endeavour to make it pass and together we can improve the quality of the internet little by little
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