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In another post I mentioned W3C tutorials. W3C stands for the World Wide Web Consortium, they set the standards for XHTML and CSS. If your code is W3C valid, then it ‘should’ work well in any browser.

To help you create valid code, W3C have created an online validator, which you can either pass URL (your site address) to check, or paste XHTML and CSS code directly into their page.

This will then validate your XHTML / CSS, or ‘fail’ your XHTML / CSS describing every error, suggesting possible solutions and telling you where the errors are in your XHTML / CSS, very helpful!

You can then proudly add the W3C logo to your page, showing your XHTML / CSS is valid, and you have built the site with care and integrity!

More to the point, validating your XHTML / CSS in this way means anyone can access it, regardless of the browser they are using.

Why is this important? Well who is your site for, 80% of the population, 20%, or 100%? If your site is not accessible to different users you will lose audience, if you are planning a commercial site this is a death nail in your business. Imagine a shop with a door so small that only 70% of people could fit through it, how long would that shop remain in business?

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