Web standards and best practice

All the sites developed by équIT follow standards established by w3c, the non-profit organisation that looks after the web. All our sites are compliant with Strict XHTML 1.0, and all our stylesheets — the instructions that tell a web browser how to display the content on the page — conform to the CSS2 specification (with a smattering of CSS3 where necessary and the CSS3 specification is well-established). This means that the sites have the best chance possible of working correctly on the widest range of browsers. If both the browser and the site follow the common set of rules, everything will work just fine. Because we follow the w3c's standards all our sites carry the w3c valid XHTML logo (see bottom-right).

We don't create sites that forbid access based on the browser being used to access the site. This means our sites don't need to keep track of which functions work in which browsers, and that visitors to our sites will never be needlessly turned away because the site hasn't caught up with what the latest browsers can do.

Most modern browsers have a good level of standards compliance and do a good job with the websites we develop. Recent versions of Firefox, Safari, Chrome, Opera and Konqueror all display our sites very well. Internet Explorer version 6 and earlier unfortunately don't process style sheets and certain types of image and other page elements very well. We strive to find compromises, and we ensure that our sites are all fully usable in most web browsers, and that the anomalies are as unobtrusive as possible. Our sites are always tested on widely-used versions of Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari, Konqueror and Internet Explorer, on Linux, Mac OSX and Windows.

We will always write sites that are both standards compliant and functional in all popular browsers. But if you want to see how this site should look, download Opera, Chrome, Firefox or Safari and take a look.