Exploring the current prominence of web standards and determining pathways to a more standards-compliant web

Turner, Mark (2008) Exploring the current prominence of web standards and determining pathways to a more standards-compliant web. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Web standards such as those produced by the World Wide Web Consortium have revolutionised the web within the last decade by providing a consistent, stable foundation upon which new technologies can be built. However, they are still not widely adopted across the web. This project explores the reasons web developers are not adhering to standards by means of primary and secondary research. The former comes in the form of literary review and the latter in the form of a web-based questionnaire survey distributed to web authors with a wide range of experience. Primary findings were that the main reasons behind non-compliance were a lack of awareness of standards and their benefits, as well as a perception that their current form is hard to understand as well as implement. This paper suggests that initiatives are undertaken to promote web standards via a web-based community hub. This would provide web authors with simplified, more intuitive versions of current and future standards documentation to enhance user-friendliness and ease implementation.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Creative Technologies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:14
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/584

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