Web Design Archive

These entries were posted to the Extra Connections Ltd website on the subject of “Web Design”.

Good ALT Attributes

I just found a great article on what you should, and shouldn’t, put in images’ alt attributes. It’s on a site by an outfit called WebAIM, an accessibilty think tank based at Utah State University. There look to be plenty more good articles on the site for web developers who care about their work being accessible to all.

W3C Multipage Validator

Here’s a handy tool for making sure that your site stays within the straight and narrow. Give it the URL of your home page and click the “Index & Validate” button, and it will spider your whole site, submit each page to the W3C validator, and tell you which pages (if any) fail the test.

It’s sobering to see how many errors there are in a site that you thought you’d coded with great care to meet all the rules – but that’s what makes this tool so valuable.

Now, I’m off to fix some validation errors…