Header, Body, Footer

June 17, 2005

Has Web Standards limited web design to the “Header, Body, Footer” paradigm? In my opinion, yes.

I say yes because Web Standards has given designers a tool to work within a structured system and it gives surfers a certain expectation on what a site should be like. This process is similar to using a mobile phone– You may buy phones from different manufacturers, but you intuitively find out how to place a call because of the visual cues (the phone symbol) and the number keypad.

This brings us to a new territory: Is this a bad thing, in the creative sense? Not necessarily. Companies like 37 Signals have shown that coolness can be achieved with good design and execution.

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Think about it.

Should there be a body that certifies web developers/designers on their knowledge of web standards? (A la Microsoft, Sun, etc.) I think that would be a great idea. A test of this sort would help the awareness of the public of the existense of web standards.

It would also give developers/designers some sort of incentive for improving their skills.

The only snag? Web standards itself is still in a precarious situation where there are still loopholes (quirks mode anyone?) in the standard.

But I think the whole certification thing is a good idea. Paging W3c…