Current state of the web in Slovenia

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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.

Nominees spreadsheet

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:


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).


DTD results


Charset results


Layout results

XHTML validation

XHTML validation results

CSS validation

CSS validation results

But there is a bright spot in the spreadsheet - Pediatrična klinika. The mentioned website passed almost all judging categories with flying colors. Apart from a bit too much inline Javascript (which is a crime in its self), this website is a winner from a developers standpoint (not to mention for their innovative approach to modeling the donation network).


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…