Jeffrey Zeldman

Jeffrey Zeldman went to bed at 4am last night. Geekfest SXSW Interactive is in full swing and yesterday his web design agency, Happy Cog, hosted the first annual SXSWi karaoke competition, aptly named OK! Happy Cog’aoke. Beforehand, his panel, From Freelance To Agency, went down a storm. But now, sitting outside the conference centre and finally enjoying a bit of Texan sunshine, he’s ready to talk about one of his biggest passions: web standards.

Zeldman offers his take on the current situation: “For a long time, browsers have been becoming more and more compliant with CSS2, HTML, XHTML, JavaScript and ActionScript. So in one sense, time has been standing still since about 2000 and there have just been incremental upgrades to these browser brands. But I think acceptance of standards has been growing all this time. A few days ago I validated the top 100 United States websites according to Alexa and I think seven were valid. But if you look under the hood, there were almost no table layers or anything like that. There was a standards awareness even among the sites that had problems. It’s just become normal among many developers and designers. They understand that markup is supposed to be semantic. And there’s growing interest in microformats and curiosity about HTML5. Things are happening.”

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