Making the Transition
Apologies for the recent lack of posts, but I’ve been busy finishing off a new site for Presence. This morning I’ve been trying to validate it all as XHTML 1.0 Strict. In the past, I’ve built sites as XHTML 1.0 Transitional, but I’ve yet to make to step up to Strict.
Throughout the process I’ve encountered a few problems. Most have been relatively simple to fix, involving the deprecation of attributes from certain elements. Some of these changes were easy to work around by adding extra CSS declarations, such as dropping the
border attribute from the
<img> tag, but in general I found a lot of tweaks and changes had to made where I’d used forms.
For a kick-off, the
name attribute is dropped from the
<input> elements. Redundant
<div>’s had to be added to separate
<form> tags and their
<input>’s, and another block-level element (
<p> tags) had to be added around
<input> tags within a
Anyway, it’s nearly all working and valid as XHTML 1.0 Strict (with the belated exception of the home page - which has a flash movie embedded), so (fingers crossed) it should hopefully be live within the next few days.
For your interest, here’s some useful links I found throughout the process —
- Don’t Back Down : Forms in XHTML 1.1
- XHTML: Differences between Strict & Transitional
- Webpage Workshop : XHTML strict reference sheet
- Tantek’s Favelets (W3C validation from your browser toolbar)
- and of course, W3C - XHTML 1.0
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