Test The Web Forward

The web standards we celebrate on Blue Beanie Day make possible a magnificent and powerful web of sites and services that are accessible to all people and devices. But this can only happen when browser makers and standards framers get all the details right. A new effort by the W3C and some of its member companies will help.

"Web applications built today need a robust and interoperable Web that only thorough browser testing can guarantee. To meet this new challenge, W3C is launching an unprecedented effort to rethink and scale up its testing offering." So says the W3C on its new Test The Web Forward site.

And while prior efforts to centralize such activities have failed or disappointed because of insufficient resources, the W3C and its partner companies are serious this time, and they have a plan. W3C testing lead Tobie Langel shares in more detail what we can expect from the platform.

Old Gold: Understanding Progressive Enhancement

by AARON GUSTAFSON · Issue 269 · October 07, 2008

Steven Champeon turned web development upside down, and created an instant best practice of standards-based design, when he introduced the notion of designing for content and experience instead of browsers. In part one of a series, ALA’s Gustafson refreshes us on the principles of progressive enhancement. Upcoming installments will translate the philosophy into sophisticated, future-focused design and code.

Understanding Progressive Enhancement