With the web 2.0 boom expanding to all countries of the world (yes, even Slovenia), you would expect that web standards are spreading as well. But a quick glance at this years Izidor (annual award for web excellence) shows that something is rotten (or rotting) in the Slovenian web.
To make this evident I have put together a simple spreadsheet of this years nominees, checking their compliance with W3C guidelines. Every nominee was checked for:
- DTD use
- proper charset definition
- used layout technique
- valid (X)HTML
- valid CSS
- valid RSS (as this years competition motto is “social networking”, RSS was checked as it is at the very cornerstone of this movement)
- what happens if the images are turned off (can a visitor still make sense of the site)
- WCAG and 508 accessibility
The results were very disappoiting to say the least. Out of the 31 nominees a whopping 9 have not defined their DTD, only 15 decided to use UTF-8 character encoding (5 don’t even define the charset), only 6 use CSS for layout, only 2 have valid (X)HTML. Accessibility seems to be an unimportant aspect for all but 2 nominees (feels like its 1999 all over again).
Not to hold anything against the folks that organize Izidor, but I belive that candidates should be checked for compliances to the most basic W3C recommendation before they are accepted. Perhaps the motto for next years award should be “Accessible Social Networking”, but then I guess nobody would dare enter…