Without argument, one of the most important things to consider when creating a website is that it be accessible to everyone who wants to view it. Does your website play nice with screen readers? Can a user override your style sheet with a more accessible one and still see everything your website has to offer? Would another Web developer be embarrassed if they saw your code? If your website is standards-compliant, you could more confidently answer these questions.

  • Specify The Correct DOCTYPE
  • Define The Namespace And Default Language
  • Supply Proper Meta Tags
  • Use Accessible Navigation
  • Properly Escape JavaScript
  • Properly Escape HTML Entities
  • Use Only Lowercase Tags And Attributes
  • Label All Form Input Elements
  • Supply Alternative Content For Images
  • Use The "id" And "class" CSS Attributes Correctly
  • Summary: Validate, Validate, Validate!

Smashing Magazine: 10 Ways To Make Your XHTML Site Accessible Using Web Standards