I mean that post title literally… I just wrote my first website that is completely valid W3C XHTML code.
I’ve been sort of cobbling together code on my websites up till now; mostly concerned with whether or not it looked okay in IE; but I really, really wanted to start doing standards-based design. Standards-based design basically means your websites are as clean and logical on the inside as the outside, and that it’s more accessible to the handicapped or those on text-based browsers.
The site I’m working on now, I basically told myself I was going to write all the code myself and by God, it was going to validate if it killed me.
It validated on the first try! I’ve never got the green banner before! I always get the red banner that says “Your Code Is Not Valid HTML! We found the following problems…” Wahoo!!!!!
I know this is probably completely meaningless gibberish to most of you gals, but in plain English, I feel … well, validated. I feel like a “real” web designer who actually knows what the heck she’s doing.
And I’m still learning fairly quickly at my new job. But it is NO fun paying your dues. They’re a really good group of people.Â But my schedule stinks compared to what I had before. My pay … let’s not even go there compared to what I had before.Â I have to actually punch a literal TIME CLOCK. I haven’t punched a time clock since I was 25! And I’m learning that design is NOT a field for the thin-skinned. At the construction company and when I was freelancing, nobody ever criticized my work–not even my clients. But I can see now that’s not because it was all that great–it’s because they didn’t know design. I never had anybody push me like this. But I’m learning.
Well, that’s my update. Hope everybody is doing well.Â Ya’ll could COMMENT every now and again.Â Would it kill ya?Â 😉