Style guide for online hypertext
To ensure that a document can be successfully read by any browser, make sure it adheres
to the syntax rules for HTML. You don't need to do this by hand, that's what computers
are for. Several tools exist to check HTML for syntax errors. See the
WDG's list of validators
for a complete overview.
Don't assume that since the document renders as you expect in the browser
you use, it is valid and will be displayed this way by all browsers. A
browser is designed to fix bad HTML, and sometimes it may even be able
to completely repair a syntax error so the result is what was intended.
However, such fixes are usually dependant on the browser's parser, so
a future release (with an updated parser) may repair the invalid HTML
Even when the document passes validation, it will not necessarily work
as you intended on all platforms.
Several programs are available tho check documents for stylistic problems.
Even a syntactically valid document can be hard to read because of things
like forgotten alternative texts for images, unwanted whitespace, deeply
nested lists or non-hierarchical use of headers.
Last updated: 30 Sep 1997
Copyright © 1997 Arnoud "Galactus" Engelfriet.