Only Yahoo!, MSN, Live and Wikipedia are standards compliant

In the last years, the internet world had a great dilemma: whether or not to follow W3C standards. For designers mostly this thing is a must in resume, and most of the showcase websites have as requirement W3C standards.

For this post, I had to check some stats for the first 10 most visited sites. After a visit to stats websites, I found out the formula of the first 10: Google, Yahoo, MSN, Live, Ebay, Youtube, MySpace, Amazon, Wikipedia and Aol.

Guess what? You will be surprised to see the following results. Anyway let’s check the next table and find out how Google and the rest are doing in the web standards area.

Website(X)HTMLCSS
1.GoogleNot Valid
2.Yahoo!Not ValidValid
3.MSNValidNot Valid
4.LiveValidNot Valid
5.EbayNot ValidNot Valid
6.YoutubeNot ValidNot Valid
7.MySpaceNot ValidNot Valid
8.AmazonNot ValidNot Valid
9.WikipediaValidNot Valid
10.AolNot ValidNot Valid

After a quick validation session, there was no clear winner. Actually no website was valid both in CSS and (X)HTML. On the CSS side, we have a clear winner, which is Yahoo!. It was the only website from this chart that had standard CSS code. Bravo.

On the (X)HTML side, the situation was quite unbelievable. That was because Microsoft had both sides aligned after the standards. Both MSN and Live passed the validation. And beside these 2 sites, there was only one valid – Wikipedia.

Google had a problem on the CSS validation. The script returned and error because it couldn’t find any CSS files. But at the direct input validation the code was valid. Anyway, in this case we couldn’t make an exception and so – Google was not proper for the CSS test.

So, it looks like in the end, we can see the standards like some kind of permissive guidelines. As an advice – try and make your site standards compliant and if it’s not possible, it doesn’t matter.

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