The Great Book Giveaway Contest

To celebrate the launch, and now availability, of Web Standards Solutions, I’m running a little book giveaway contest.

How to Enter

Add a comment (1 per person, anonymous comments will not be counted) to this entry with a link to your favorite article or weblog entry regarding web standards. The topic is wide open — markup practices, CSS tips and tricks, general web standards thoughts, etc. The idea here is twofold. Hopefully we’ll have a nice collection of links for people to browse, while at the same time we’ll have a pool of entries in order to pick a winner.

How to Win

To keep things fair, and to give everyone an equal chance to win, I’ll be drawing three numbers out of a hat (or some such device) — pure BINGO style. Each number corresponding to the number that’s automatically (and sequentially) assigned to each comment.

Entries must be received before 11:59pm EST on Friday June 18.

Update: The contest is now closed. The winners will be chosen and announced soon. Thanks to all who entered!

The Prizes

t-shirt and bookEach of the three winners will receive one free copy of Web Standards Solutions and one friends of ED T-shirt from the publisher. Did I mention that both were free? Delivered to you.

Good luck to all!

487 Comments

  1. Adam Hopkins says:

    90% of All Usability Testing is Useless
    ———-
    Catchey title with a nice amount of information.
    http://www.adaptivepath.com/publications/essays/archives/000328.php

  2. ray says:

    “The benefits of Web Standards to your visitors, your clients and you”
    http://www.maxdesign.com.au/presentation/benefits/
    Has helped convince a client on more than one occassion.

  3. Tony White says:

    10 Reasons for Web Standards
    http://jessey.net/blog/archive/entries/?id=144

  4. Probably Developing with Web Standards. Nice one to start with the basics of web standards.

  5. Dan says:

    “An Objective Look at Table Based vs. CSS Based Design”
    http://www.andybudd.com/archives/2004/05/
    an_objective_look_at_table_based_vs_css_based_design/index.php
    The long url broke things so the links on 2 lines

  6. Brian says:

    “CSS Based Design”
    http://adactio.com/articles/display.php/CSS_based_design
    One of the first CSS articles I read. Written in an easy to read “Matrix” style.

  7. Lloyd says:

    CSS/Edge, cool things you can do with CSS, especially neat are the complexspiral demos.
    http://meyerweb.com/eric/css/edge/index.html

  8. Since i haven’t been participating in CSS design for long time, i have not read many articles, but i think this one from “A List Apart” really gave me a deep sight into CSS design.
    http://www.alistapart.com/articles/taminglists/

  9. Kevin says:

    Blue Robot’s Layout Reservoir
    http://www.bluerobot.com/web/layouts/
    (This stuff is what made me first understand CSS’s layout capability. The 3-column version remains the foundation for graphicPUSH.)

  10. Sean Hoyt says:

    I like Dave Shea’s Roadmap to standards post. I use this a lot when asked how one would break old habits.

  11. Vince says:

    An oldie but goodie:
    Design Rant

  12. Jason Long says:

    The good ‘ol Floatutorial is one of my favorites.
    http://css.maxdesign.com.au/floatutorial/

  13. nasu says:

    http://www.zeldman.com/dwws/ which changed the way we design websites today. Or atleast encouraged more people to write a book about web standars and how to use them ;)

  14. Mark Wubben says:

    Great idea (perhaps, as a bonus, you can give away Gmail accounts?)
    Here’s my link:
    http://tantek.com/log/2003/01.html#L20030114t1345

  15. Erik Runyon says:

    Box Tutorial
    This really helped me out quite a bit.

  16. Simply Mountaintop Corners wich I love :)
    Click here.

  17. Best. Tabs. Ever.
    unless they’re outdated now

  18. Mark Hurd says:

    Web Standards ROI by D. Keith Robinson.
    Nothing catches the boss’s attention faster than numbers.

  19. The article that started me on standards.
    http://www.alistapart.com/articles/tohell/

  20. web says:

    CSS Crib Sheet @ Mezzoblue
    Good for beginners and refreshers.
    Also gotta love anything thats translated into 10 diffrent languages.
    http://www.mezzoblue.com/css/cribsheet/

  21. Behind the Wired News Design
    Wired.com’s explanation why they switched to web standards for their redesign in 2002. It’s just nice to see that there are companies out there who care. :-)

  22. Jeremy Flint says:

    This article got me interested in standards-compliant design/development.
    Wired News Redesign

  23. jheyer says:

    Making the Absolute, Relative
    http://www.stopdesign.com/articles/absolute/
    A great explanation of Absolute and Relative positioning.

  24. Mike P. says:

    It seems with me that your only as good as your last game. The very recent The real reason you should care about web standards gets my vote.
    (and it’s post #99 on that blog – very significant to a Canadian!)

  25. Brian says:

    Rounded Corners without images
    Personally I think this is a step in the wrong direction, but it’s just experimentation.

  26. Steven says:

    Clagnut’s “How to size text using ems”: http://clagnut.com/blog/348/
    I’ve already ordered a copy of the book, but if I should win, I’ll donate it to my local library.

  27. Waylon Baumgardner says:

    Here’s a good article I read a few months ago:
    http://www.mezzoblue.com/archives/2004/03/10/css_problems/
    Good problem-solving checklist for CSS design.

  28. dedi says:

    i read this recently and decided it would be a great link to point my friends to who are learning about design and some who are thinking about relearning design.
    css vs. tables

  29. joe o. says:

    I was first inspired to start designing with standards after reading the Elastic Design article (http://www.alistapart.com/articles/elastic/) on A List Apart (http://www.alistapart.com).

  30. Darrren says:

    My favorite article is just any article about the LIR; It’s my image replacement of choice and theres no span involved!
    http://www.moronicbajebus.com/playground/cssplay/image-replacement/

  31. Michael Sauers says:

    The Business Value of Web Standards
    http://www.adaptivepath.com/publications/essays/archives/000266.php

  32. Jeremy S. says:

    http://www.mezzoblue.com/archives/2003/12/04/css_is_visua/
    It’s simple, and I really liked the response.

  33. Nilesh says:

    Super Ragged Floats
    A cleaner alternative to Eric Meyer’s ragged floats. Not being a web designer by profession, this is one of my best contributions to a community which has taught me, among other things, the importance of web standards. And approved by the web design community too.

  34. Josh Evitt says:

    The Business Value of Web Standards by Jeffrey Veen:
    http://www.adaptivepath.com/publications/essays/archives/000266.php

  35. Sean says:

    http://www.alistapart.com/articles/journey/
    This article has both a discussion of standards and an intricate look at the redesign process, both very helpful and a good resource.

  36. Jason Awbrey says:

    Creating Custom Corners
    http://alistapart.com/articles/customcorners2/

  37. jarrod says:

    The Learning Curve of Web Standards by Bobby van der Sluis. Nice, honest look at web standards that’s a resource unto itself.

  38. jacob says:

    The infamous Semantic Obsolescence, by Mark Pilgrim.
    Sobering, though it didn’t quite change my mind.

  39. Wow, sign me up! I go with Dave Shea’s Image Slicing’s Kiss of Death.
    Good luck to all of you!

  40. Kim Siever says:

    Why tables for layout is stupid
    http://www.hotdesign.com/seybold/

  41. Bryan says:

    I am a big fan of this page, CSS Round Corners, which explains how to create tabs that can expand to the font size. Really a good tutorial and read.
    My other site that I have probably spent a ton of time on and learned so much is the Css Vault simply because it gives us an outlet to see all the great css designs around us and allows us to dig inside the code that put those sites together. I am a fan because inside that blog is TONS of standards links to so many different sites.
    Great resource to have!

  42. Just an excellent working version of how to learn and use web standards. When anybody asks, I direct them here.

  43. Hrvoje says:

    Great looking navigation via css, Navigation Matrix Reloaded.

  44. David Navarro says:

    http://www.htmldog.com/
    Does the second comment count? :P

  45. Jay Jones says:

    Web Standards ROI” by D. Keith Robinson.
    Excellent real-world reasons that effect the $_Bottom Line_$.
    http://www.7nights.com/asterisk/archives/web_standards_roi.php

  46. andrew says:

    Navigation Matrix Reloaded by Didier Hilhorst
    additionally (not quite CSS but still a killer technique)
    Inman Flash Replacement by Shaun Inman

  47. Matías says:

    A nifty CSS thingie that showed me how far it capabilities went to:
    http://web-graphics.com/mtarchive/001242.php
    Best wishes with the book.

  48. Gavin Montague says:

    Simon Wilson’s rather spiffy approach to
    separating out JavaScript from content
    .

  49. Aaron says:

    The Business Value of Web Standards has been a good resource for me to pitch to clients when they ask why I code the way I do (instead of, say, Frontpage).

  50. ak says:

    sorry to pimp myself, but the first css trick that comes to my mind is my tutorial describing how to acheive a css drop down menu.
    the tutorial: http://www.alexkeeny.com/simplicity/archives/entry-21/
    the result: http://www.alexkeeny.com/cssdropdown/

  51. Kjell Olsen says:

    Making the Absolute Relative, by Doug Bowman.
    I love it.

  52. kartooner says:

    Paul Griffin’s Cross-Browser CSS Tabs.
    As useful as toilet paper.

  53. Seth Messer says:

    I’ll start by giving a link to the site that started it all for me, http://www.twothirty.com, and the article that started it all for me
    http://www.glish.com/css/

  54. Brett Epps says:

    Reading this interview really made me want to work hard at learning CSS and semantic markup and all that.
    http://www.webstandards.org/learn/interviews/dcederholm/

  55. Accessibility within [Company Name] – Building a business and legal case for accessible websites from <isolani/>

  56. I really sometime feel to listen rather than read.. And that is what was done succefully by webtalkguys
    http://www.webtalkguys.com/article-usability-2.shtml
    love this one, as its good and also has an audio interview by Steve Krug… His book “Don’t make me think” firstly introduced me to Web Usability .

  57. sosa says:

    http://www.hotdesign.com/seybold/
    this one definetivily converted me.

  58. Tom Quinn says:

    sosa – great minds think alike…

  59. Josku says:

    Catching web standards by John Allsopp’s girlfriend.

  60. David Yeiser says:

    This was the first thing I ever read about web standards (I’m a newbie): Developing with Web Standards.

  61. Mike Mariano says:

    My favorite web standards article of recent memory has been When Semantic Markup Goes Bad by Matthew Thomas. Because presentational markup is better than markup with false semantics.

  62. Robert says:

    Source Ordered Columns, at positioniseverything.net.
    This article got me away from absolute-positioning sidebars.

  63. Ron Stone says:

    Youngpup – Article on popup windows, and how you should properly use them.
    http://www.youngpup.net/2003/popups

  64. Roadmap to Standards is one of the better reaeds on why standards matter.
    On a side note, the comment form was rejecting my comment since my URL contained the nickname for William in it.

  65. Chris says:

    Standards with Flash, the best article i have ever seen.
    http://alistapart.com/articles/flashsatay/

  66. Tom DeForest says:

    http://stopdesign.com/articles/absolute/
    This article finally made positioning clear (no pun intended) to me.

  67. Not trying to kiss up but this article fixed a lot of issues with my sites.
    A list apart – faux columns

  68. Chris McDougall says:

    Clagnut made ems easy. Now I use ems all the time for my text.

  69. I have to propose this as a why not a how article:
    The Way Forward with Web Standards

  70. Phil says:

    Onion skinned drop shadows at ALA. My latest obsession.

  71. Josh Brandt says:

    silverorange’s updated tabs: durable, crossbrowser, scalable, semantic tabs.
    http://labs.silverorange.com/archives/2004/may/updatedsimple

  72. Jeff says:

    For all you Dreamweaver users out there: Validating XHTML with Dreamweaver MX!

  73. Timmy says:

    Sliding Doors by Douglas Bowman
    I really am in love with this technique although I have never actually used it I think its fabulous and rules when you use multiple levels of tabs.

  74. Tom says:

    I’ve no idea of the amount of times I’ve used Doug’s The IE Factor to make it clear to slightly-techie people how much of a pain IE is, but I know it’s far more than you’d expect to have to do if the most used browser on the planet was of any use.

  75. Kevin Tamura says:

    Design Eye for the Usability Guy
    http://www.designbyfire.com/000094.html
    This has to have been the best read in the last two months. It puts Standards into action and make the visually impaired Jacob Nielsen look good

  76. The IE Factor from Stopdesign is a nice one :)
    /Peter

  77. Michael says:

    An amusing rant about “click here” and it’s misuse on the web:
    http://www.scribbling.net/dont_click_here

  78. waylman says:

    I would have to say that Eric Meyer’s css/edge (espesially complexspiral) really opened my mind to the potential of CSS which in turn helped me see the value of web standards (web standards doesn’t mean ugly)

  79. TH says:

    This one helped me a lot:
    Webcontent: Best Practices

  80. Josh Fallon says:

    The devedge interview with Mike Davidson of ESPN really helped me sell web standards to the bigwigs at my work.
    An Interview With Mike Davidson of ESPN

  81. Jeremy Beker says:

    CSS Design: Taming Lists from A List Apart really made me realize that almost everything in my sites was a list of some sort or another and how to deal with it.
    CSS Design: Taming Lists
    Granted, all of A List Apart is great.

  82. Simon Jessey says:

    Sam Ruby’s excellent article on i18n was a good one: Survival guide to i18n. Incidentally, I pre-ordered your book on Amazon ages ago, so if I win another copy I’ll roll it over into another competition or something.

  83. TQ says:

    This was one of the neatest css tricks I’ve seen in a while.
    Onion Skinned Drop Shadows

  84. Tom says:

    Since I had something to do with it :D
    The Way Forward with Web Standards

  85. janco says:

    Look Ma – no tables! – thats the heading for me. Not sure who wrote the original article but this heading says it all. If you’ve done your first table less xhtml standards based design, then you are really proud of it and wanna tell everyone because its not easy!

  86. Kurt says:

    The latest from A List Apart; using negative margins for layouts is cool.
    Creating Liquid Layouts with Negative Margins

  87. chuck says:

    The article that made it all start to make sense to me:
    Better Living Through XHMTL
    Pick me, pick me!

  88. I’ve found the NYPL Style Guide to be a great one-stop resource for the basics on XHTML/CSS/Web standards goodness.

  89. Nico says:

    Of course Stefan M

  90. Yannick says:

    I found that this article on A Roadmap to Standards by Dave Shea to be very good and it helped me greatly in starting my journey into designing with Web Standards.

  91. This was a great article and reminded me that some times you just need to use the right tool for the job. No matter wheather its tables,css,php,asp or what ever.
    An Objective Look at Table Based vs. CSS Based Design

  92. Joey Day says:

    Heh… I came here looking for this article:
    Faux Columns
    But it looks like Colin Cameron beat me to the punch. How ’bout:
    XHTML Web Design for Beginners – Part II
    That article got me started on XHTML, and I’ll never go back!

  93. Ninn Langel says:

    This Article at A List Apart really got me started. It just gives simple starting points.
    http://www.alistapart.com/articles/practicalcss/
    It’s even transformed me into a part-time webdesigner – originally I was only designing my personal site.

  94. Joel says:

    SimpleBits’ article on Standards, comparing Web standards to Home standards, really got me thinking on how good it is to send the same information to everyone, everywhere.

  95. randy says:

    I will find this link useful.
    http://www.simplebits.com/notebook/2004/06/16/contest.html#comments
    sorry the few I came up with were already mentioned.

  96. darrel says:

    Hope this counts…I just came across this today in a mailing list…it’s a “semantic validator” of sorts. And while you can have valid, web-standards compliant markup without good semantic markup, I think they do/should go hand-in-hand.
    http://www.w3.org/2003/12/semantic-extractor.html

  97. Keith Pagett says:

    Here’s a good one:
    Purple Numbers

  98. Entering quite late in the contest I find quite a few of my resources already listed. But when it comes to illustrate the enormous possibilities to what a standards based design can look like, it was the CSS Zen Garden that opened my eyes.

  99. Vaughn Wallace says:

    Definitly is going to be the
    37SVN Topic Describing Web Standards in 10 Words or Less
    .

  100. Jonah Cosley says:

    I was going to say Developing with Web Standards but since it’s been said, maybe I can break the rules a little and go with:
    WestCiv’s Complete CSS Guide.
    It’s indispensible to me – I use it very often.

  101. Mathew Hoy says:

    This might seem like I’m fishing here, but I really love this article by you re: moutaintop corners. It helped me out a lot and showed how to do better rollovers and linking with gifs and pngs. Very great.
    Link to it: http://www.alistapart.com/articles/mountaintop/ – or click here

  102. Ric says:

    I’m torn between dynamic image replacement and dynamic flash replacement.
    All of a sudden I find myself wanting to replace text.

  103. Ian Fenn says:

    Is this a good place to mention that Amazon.co.uk emailed me today to say that the book has been delayed and may not be delivered to me for three weeks? Boo hoo. Really looking forward to it.
    Oh, and my links: Douglas Livingstone’s layout examples for three columns and rounded corners really helped recently. The best cross-platform solutions I’ve found to date.

  104. Dave Marks says:

    I was gonna say Keith Robinsons recent ROI post but i see thats been mentioned at least once or twice.
    So, I know this is not a Weblog or Article, although there are probably hundreds of articles about it: http://www.csszengarden.com/ It has so inspired me, and has helped win over clients!

  105. Jacob Patton says:

    http://www.alistapart.com/articles/practicalcss/
    A little old, but it’s a great introduction to some of CSS’s tricks…

  106. Eduardo says:

    I like an article about using tables vs css, but dont remember the link (nor find it)
    so the second come:
    Web Standard roi

  107. monkeyinabox says:

    just Zeldman.
    http://www.zeldman.com
    everyone has his address embedded on their forehead, but I found reading his site pushed me into css more than anything.

  108. Jeff Carnahan says:

    You can’t go wrong keep the CSS Validator in your favorites list.

  109. A blog entry from diveintomark called Why we won’t help you

  110. John says:

    I suggest Real World Style. It’s clearly written, enjoyable, and has a number of techniques for handling certain CSS situations that I’ve used many a time.

  111. Chris Jaroszko says:

    It’s been mentioned twice so far I think, but it’s just so good it deserves a third:
    thenoodleincident.com
    everything from boxes to opinions. truly one of the most invaluable resources around.

  112. Nelly Mercado says:

    I’m still learning, and this article is indispensable to me:
    Flowing and Positioning: two page models

  113. Javan says:

    it was this article that opened my eyes to the beauty and power of css.
    http://alistapart.com/articles/taminglists/

  114. Anonymous says:

    Sitepoint’s ‘Equalizing Columns’ sticky post by Paul O’Brien, CSS/Web standards Guru.
    http://www.sitepoint.com/forums/showthread.php?t=143801

  115. Terrence says:

    Sitepoint’s ‘Equalizing Columns’ sticky post by Paul O’Brien, CSS/Web standards Guru.
    http://www.sitepoint.com/forums/showthread.php?t=143801

  116. Johnson Page says:

    I’d just like to reiterate Dave Shea’s Roadmap to Standards. It’s a great post.
    Also, Keith’s post that some things are (gasp) more important than web standards, helps me remember that valid XHTML/CSS is only one part of the ballgame.

  117. Magnus Eide says:

    The CSS Zengarden.
    When I saw it, I decided to learn and use CSS, and stop using tables.

  118. Phil Balchin says:

    Ok, it might seem a bit obvious, but
    http://www.w3c.org/MarkUp/
    It is, after all, where all this web stuff started anyway. If you haven’t read it, what the bloody’ell are you doing here, go and read it. Then read it again! making sure sure you’ve covered the whole thing.

  119. Scott says:

    http://linear1.org/gm/archives/00000172.php
    Control printer output of your pages with CSS. This article rekindled my interest in CSS solutions.

  120. Jon says:

    Well at risk of getting disqualified for promoting someone else’s book I found that Sitepoint’s “Designing without Tables Using CSS” was a helpful read for understanding CSS and ultimately web standards a little better… The link will get you 4 sample chapters to whet your appetite.
    No affiliation, happy customer, etc.

  121. Stephane says:

    This link http://www.alistapart.com/articles/dynatext/ simply because it’s the greatest/latest trick I’ve found.

  122. Marko says:

    Most of my bookmarks are already here, but i haven’t seen HTML Techniques for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.
    On the side note, when you writers are going to make your books buyable :-) worldwide (Croatia, for example)? Hopefuly some Meyer/Zeldman copies coming next week via my local bookstore, but now you made me interested in yours, too… Damn!

  123. Chris says:

    WHy I started using web standards…
    The Business Benefits of Web Standards
    Chris

  124. Dan says:

    Today at work I used How to Clear Floats Without Structural Markup and I am quite enamored with the technique.

  125. Chris Gwynne says:

    The CSS Crib Sheet by MezzoBlue.
    The only thing to read when you’ve screwed up your CSS. And you know you eventually break something.

  126. Sanne says:

    Listamatic, for all your list designing needs:
    http://css.maxdesign.com.au/listamatic/

  127. Faruk Ates says:

    There are literally a thousand-and-one absolutely superbe articles and tutorials on a ton of excellent websites on CSS and XHTML. But what has really given me personally an incredible boost, ideas-wise, for my new site and for the Fight For Standards itself, was the latest Design by Fire article, The real reason you should care about web standards.
    That article has caused an uproar across the bloggers-world, with many people now discussing what is really important: the future of the Internet itself, the way Standards fit into that picture, and the way the W3C go about doing their part, etc.
    That entry, for me, is currently the most memorable, because it so perfectly dissects the whole issue that this Standards-advocacy is all about.

  128. Val says:

    When in doubt, read the spec.

  129. Benjamin says:

    this page is an awesome resource for those who are learning the quirks of browsers (which is an absolute must if you want to learn xhtml css based coding properly) and how to get around them.
    http://centricle.com/ref/css/filters/

  130. Sage says:

    IE7
    We don’t have to go back and check the other 150 some odd comments to see that we’re not doing a repeat, right?

  131. compuwhiz7 says:

    Methinks I’m probably not eligible, seeing as I won the T-shirt contest, but…
    The IE Factor

  132. joel goldstick says:

    http://www.maxdesign.com.au/presentation/benefits/
    Nice site. I’ll look for the book at the local computer store this weekend.

  133. [m] says:

    http://www.alistapart.com/articles/flashsatay/
    Because “standards” doesn’t mean “1995″.

  134. Amy Rae says:

    Great summary for jumpstarting that first conversation about web standards.
    What Every Web Site Owner Should Know About Standards: A Web Standards Primer

  135. Benvolio says:

    loved this one – text sizing… up the garden path
    http://www.thenoodleincident.com/tutorials/box_lesson/font/index.html

  136. Andrew Norman says:

    SimpleQuiz!

  137. Ben says:

    http://www.alistapart.com/articles/fauxcolumns/
    I slapped myself when I found out how easy Dan’s solution to this dilemma was.

  138. Kevin says:

    This site is invalid – a slightly askew rant on web standards. Brilliant!

  139. Ry Rivard says:

    Hope I’m not repeating a link, but Dean Allen’s Reading Design piece at ALA stands out for me as writer for two reasons:
    1. Words are more important than design, because design is fallible
    2. Design is fallible.

  140. Stephen says:

    I have found this article very useful in formatting web pages for printing using CSS.
    CSS Design: Going to Print by Eric Meyer

  141. Ryan M says:

    Faux Columns

    Definitely my favorite.

  142. Loryces says:

    Stolen Shadows by Mandarin Design –http://mandarindesign.com/shadow.html
    I think it’s cool.

  143. I have to agree: A List Apart’s to Hell … was the article which inspired me to know more about web standards. Zeldman and all the guys there really made me rethink the way I used to design.

  144. Brian Rose says:

    While I have several favorites, many of which have already been mentioned, my favorite recent article was posted by Andrei Herasimchuk, one of my favorite blog authors. When one of his recent articles was posted, it was awarded a great deal of fanfare throughout the community and regarded as somewhat trivial. I’d guess many who watch this site also watch Andrei’s, but regardless:
    The real reason you should care about web standards
    An excellent read, IMHO.

  145. “Getting plugged in is probably the single biggest piece of advice I can give anyone looking to get a start with web standards. Through ongoing reading and sharing of what you know, we all grow as a community. [..]”
    — ‘A Roadmap to Standards’ by Dave Shea

  146. Bonde Holm says:

    so many of my favorites have been mentioned… but this book available online had some good info for me at one time:
    http://joeclark.org/book/sashay/serialization/

  147. Justin Michael says:

    Developing with Web Standards is probably the single greatest web standards page I’ve ever come across. It touches on so many aspects and is a great article to point to when you want to introduce someone to the why and how of standards.

  148. Scott Boms says:

    When I first started getting more involved with using web standards and as it was becoming more possible to do on a larger scale, I came across this article on Apple’s website. At the time, it was certainly a good internal marketing tool to use at work and with clients.
    Apple – Web Page Development: Best Practices

  149. Ian says:

    Joe Clark’s standards testing series.
    Election sites flunk standards test

  150. It may not be web standards per se, but DKR sums up web design/development so perfectly in Give The Web Some Respect. A great read for anyone currently involved in web design or looking to get into it. The article really hit home in so many ways.

  151. Christopher says:

    Design by Fire: For the greater good of Design, p.1 — Why Trebuchet sucks. (Lucida Sans Unicode is my ultimate alternative now.)

  152. Erin says:

    The Advantages of Using Valid HTML
    A short piece on the benefits of using HTML standards.

  153. Mayu says:

    They are Just Tools Man by Scriv.
    Got people thinking and talking.

  154. Jeff Adams says:

    How about the old Seybold 2003 Why Tables for Layout is Stupid
    Pick me, Pick me

  155. Andrew says:

    March to your own Standards
    Do you get counted twice if you are a designer that’s under 18? Well, you should.

  156. Daniel says:

    I’ve refered to this single page so often, it should be my homepage…
    Doctypes!

  157. Greg says:

    Standards Angst.
    I already have your book but couldn’t resist adding to the list.

  158. Jim says:

    Great site. Great idea(s). Great contest.
    Here’s a nice web color scheme picker:
    http://www.pixy.cz/apps/barvy/index-en.html

  159. Sergei Shelukhin says:

    Three of my favourites, hard to pick one ;)
    http://www.glish.com/css/
    great page about layouts
    http://www.westciv.com/style_master/academy/browser_support/basic_concepts.html
    CSS support description for browsers; I am not sure about the commercial version, web based is good enough for me ;)
    http://www.datapark.ru/CHulan/Istinnaiapravdaovalidatore.html
    article about HTML validator(s); in Russian, but it can be translated into fairly understandable form using some online translation tool

  160. Jimmy Cerra says:

    I’m not going to win, so I’ll just fill this up with my personal favorites. Like Phil Balchin, I learned to use web standards from the source, back in 1999 when Mozilla version were measured in milestones and IE5 was the new kid on the block. The most readable and cutting-edge specifications were:
    1. HTML 4.01
    2. Cascading Style Sheets, level 2
    3. Extensible Markup Language (XML) 1.0
    Finally, you must check out TBL’s original proposal for the world wide web for the impressive foresight the scientist possessed:
    4. Information Management: A Proposal
    My how things have changed! And how things have stayed the same!

  161. Kevin says:

    I have two favourites…
    SimpleQuiz – a living document and a survey as well on how designers views/do and solve a particular markup or problem. I look forward to the next addition of the quiz. That goes along with…
    3d CSS box model – A single image that tells you a lot about the behavior of CSS and how IE/Win screws it up.
    ;)

  162. Jimmy Cerra says:

    Ignore this entry. Disqualify it. I just want to add two more links which I felt were important. Style guides used to be all the rage since the beginning. The best ones were:
    5. The Yale Web Style Guide was so helpful that I bought the book!
    6. The Style Guide for Online Hypertext was also good at establishing conventions used by nearly every web site since the invention of the web. Another TBL must-have.

  163. Timo says:

    First, a historical entry to this contest. Reading this I first realized the value of the Web standards:
    4 Reasons to Validate your HTML
    Here’s another favorite, clear and to the point article about the CSS box model:
    The Box Model Problem

  164. Brad Bice says:

    IE Three Pixel Text Jog bug-fixing by positioniseverything.net
    http://www.positioniseverything.net/explorer/threepxtest.html

  165. Tom MacWright says:

    Listmatic… the little doodads that show people how nice CSS is, and make them think about using it more.

  166. Jay says:

    Great comment from Mike Davidson about how standards shouldn’t be enforced 100% and that you should do what works for you.
    http://www.mikeindustries.com/blog/archives/000009.php

  167. hunter says:

    A post over at dog or higher recently caught my eye.
    Web standards and relationships… a look at the personal side of things. With a quote like: “…sexually transmitted web standards. Slightly more fun than the clap, but just as contagious.” how could you go wrong.
    Catching web standards

  168. Ridhish says:

    Making the Absolute, Relative
    http://www.stopdesign.com/articles/absolute/
    Doug explains this perfectly in simple terms :)

  169. Richard Wu says:

    From Table Hacks to CSS Layout: A Web Designer’s Journey
    The article that started alot of people on this grand old journey.

  170. Chuck says:

    Mine would have to be Mezzoblue’s A Roadmap to Standards

  171. A reminder that web standards are about a lot more than validation, information architecture, and semantic code.
    http://www.mikeindustries.com/blog/archives/000009.php

  172. Tara says:

    I’m definitely biased, since I had a hand in it, but I’d say The Way Forward with Web Standards.

  173. Aaron Kalin says:

    Why tables for layout is stupid: problems defines, solutions offered
    The link you can show to anyone that will surely convince them to switch to web standards!

  174. Josh Jarmin says:

    My favorite is this:
    http://www.mezzoblue.com/archives/2004/03/10/css_problems/
    It is a huge help guide when things go wrong.

  175. mcu.org.uk’s “What is an accessible website?” gets my vote. I like the somewhat cynical approach the author took to it.

  176. JB says:

    Mike Davidson’s March to Your Own Standard.

  177. Sergei Muller says:

    Budget Design: Increase Profit by Improving Process at http://www.sinelogic.com

  178. Greg says:

    Sorry, it’s in french and there’s no english translation available but this one is my favorite :
    Oublions les handicapés

  179. Colored boxes – one method of building full CSS layouts
    http://www.maxdesign.com.au/presentation/process/

  180. Ben Stovold says:

    The classic, thought provoking post from Mr Kottke on standards and semantics. One of the reasons I started visiting Simplebits…
    http://www.kottke.org/03/08/standards-semantically-correct

  181. Nice illustration of floats and how they work.

  182. Umberto Caldera says:

    Dynamic Text Replacement
    Great technique!

  183. Johan Edlund says:

    Here’s a good article about character encoding that I have used many times over the years:
    The Trouble With EM and EN (ALA)

  184. Geert Leyseele says:

    I like this article by Veerle Pieters : Web Standards, Where do we go from here? A few ideas… Because of the ideas she gives on how to move forward.

  185. Marwan Farha says:

    A List Apart’sSelling Clients on Web Standards
    “The standards revolution starts at the client.”

  186. Kris Khaira says:

    This article, although short, really opened up my mind and revealed the obvious:
    All CSS Sites Look The Same – Dog Blog, HTML Blog

  187. Peter De Bouvere says:

    Another “why use web standards”-article
    http://www.maxdesign.com.au/presentation/benefits/

  188. Jeremy Boggs says:


    Numbered List Pairs
    – I learned a lot about web standards (and the “practice” of web standards) just from the great exchange of comments as a result of a seemingly simple question.

  189. Nirav says:

    I have really found this useful. Infact, I guess this really changed the look of navigation for websites.
    Listmatic . More tutorials can be found here. MaxDesign . Check this out as well List-o-matic

  190. Interesting read about preaching standards to the non web-savy.
    Catching web standards

  191. Adrian says:

    My favourite which I use constantly in the office is
    Why tables for layout is stupid.
    It’s not only has brilliant content but is presented better than just about anything else I have seen.

  192. Small Paul says:

    JavaScript is a standard. JavaScript is a useful client-side language. Just like CSS then. Therefore, JavaScript should be separated from markup, but I didn’t get that until I read this:
    Separating behaviour and structure (Peter-Paul Koch, Digital Web Magazine)
    (But I couldn’t possibly post here without mentioning SimpleQuiz. Endless sites talk about separating structure from presentation, but so few sites that I’ve seen treat structure as a subject in and of itself. HTML is an old language designed for structuring scientific reports, and thus it’s not easy to apply it to the various types of modern web page.
    SimpleQuiz has help me immeasurably, even just by starting me thinking about the best way to mark things up. Many thanks for making it happen, Dan.)

  193. dez says:

    I already have my copy of your book on its way (should be here any day now…woo hoo!) but I wanted to contribute a link which has not been mentioned yet:
    John Allsopp’s A Dao of Web Design:
    http://www.westciv.com/style_master/house/good_oil/dao/index.html
    An oldie but a goodie…and still relevant I think…

  194. Lukasz says:

    One of most influential articles, as far as my opinnion is concerned, is Bowman’s entry on his CSS Zengargden project:
    A Design Process Revealed

  195. The Behaviour Layer (DigitalWeb article by Peter-Paul Koch)
    http://www.digital-web.com/articles/the_behavior_layer/
    Sound article explaining how JavaScript can and should be accessible. If you’re fed up with bashing on about Web standards (HTML and CSS) then start investigating this end of things.

  196. Jano says:

    A Hungarian Forum Topic :)
    Css vs Table
    http://inertia.d2.hu/hu/forum.phtml?f=showtopic&n=1667

  197. Behind the scenes of “The New Blogger”
    I love finding out what happens behind the scenes of a redesign…

  198. The company I work for is in the proces of a major redesign/CMS conversion project. I have had the extremely pleasant position as Sitebuilder with responsibilty for formulating the frontend coding methods/standards. Having followed Wired, ESPN and the other major corporate redesigns closely we finally landed on a layout method that is centered primarily on floats. Eric Meyers article below is on of many ressources I used in getting to understand how floats really work, and how to avoid the usual bugs they trigger in some modern browsers.

    Eric Meyer: Containing Floats

  199. Jonas Rabbe says:

    The first SimpleQuiz entry. Not because of the contents per se, but because of the thought process it started and those SimpleQuiz’ that came after it.
    - Jonas

  200. Sergi says:

    Gurus v. Bloggers, Round 1
    A really funny and entertaining article about how bloggers websites are better that then ones from supposed gurus like Nielsen.

  201. DH says:

    I know it’s been listed before – but only because it’s such a wonderful article … it’s something I only read recently, but really clarified everything for me.
    The definitive newbie guide: Developing With Web Standards from the wonderful people at 456bereastreet.com.

  202. Tom says:

    The style sheet switcher, it makes great websites more fun.
    http://www.alistapart.com/articles/alternate/

  203. Thijs says:

    My favourite A List Apart article:
    Faux Columns: A List Apart

  204. zsepi says:

    Retooling Slashdot with Web Standards by Daniel M. Frommelt at A List Apart was the thing that got me interested in pure CSS/xhtml design. Such redesigns are also good to demonstrate the idea “css can do everything that tables can” to those in doubt.
    ps: I know it is a two part article, I hope that won’t disqualify me :)

  205. This article on sizing text in ems at Clagnut helped a few things click for me.

  206. LintHuman says:

    Anything by Joe Clark. Here’s a sample:
    Bookmarks for standards testing
    Joe Clark kicks our unworthy butts
    But mainly, of course, for his marvellous, freely-available online book, Building Accessible Websites.

  207. Despite the fact that I already pre-ordered the book, I’ll point you folks to “The Cost of Pagerank”:
    http://www.stopdesign.com/log/2004/05/28/cost.html

  208. Brad says:

    Why tables for layout is stupid.
    My favourite, its probably already been said but I didn’t have time to go through each entry. Sorry.

  209. Davey says:

    http://www.Zengarden.com
    Incredible. Take a look at the source of the template, and see what can be achieved with fully compliant css & xhtml.

  210. Joshua says:

    it’s been mentioned a few times already, but March To Your Own Standard by Mike Davidson.
    a great read on why validating your site is not the most important thing you should be striving for…

  211. The NYPL Style Guide. A very good best practices reference on how to use XHTML and CSS.

  212. Jacques says:

    THE coding troubleshooter:
    W3C Markup Validator
    Can any XHTML coder live without it?

  213. George says:

    I realise that this article has been mentioned several times already, but it is so good:
    Why tables for layout is stupid: problems defined, solutions offered

  214. Martin Kristensen says:

    http://sandbox.bednarz.nl/css/fixed/header-col.html
    Fixed headers.
    Who need´s frames.

  215. I’ll go with Sliding Doors by Doug Bowman. Many others worth mentioning, and you guys already have.

  216. Daniel says:

    Faux Columns article on A List Apart.
    This got me to abandon table layouts and on to the path towards using web standards.

  217. Tim says:

    Dated, I admit, but this got it started for me.
    http://glish.com/css/

  218. Philippe says:

    John’s Dao of Web Design and Owen’s Little Boxes. Oldies… but I’ve been at his game for so long….:-)

  219. Peppe says:

    Sliding Doors of CSS is a very interesting technique.
    I had also translate it in italian :-)

  220. Matthew says:

    http://css-discuss.incutio.com/
    One stop shop for CSS links. You can always make it even better.

  221. Dipesh says:

    Some great innovative experimentations with CSS
    http://www.s7u.co.uk/

  222. Peter says:

    A first time post for me, I am just getting the hang of this web standards stuff. I am always searching for tutorials and articles and this one is pretty cool:

    Listutotial

  223. J.D. says:

    Design by Fire – Andrei Herasimchuk:
    The real reason you should care about web standards

  224. Bert Melis says:

    Many of you already know about CSS. A List Apart isa well known source. I’m more a PHP-develloper, and CSS is a good way to keep my programming away from layout.
    An example to give the pictures of my gallery-script a shadow:
    http://www.alistapart.com/articles/onionskin/

  225. dainkes says:

    Definitely Roger Johansson’s
    developing with web standards!

  226. Anonymous says:

    The Web Design Reference site advocates web standards, accessibility, CSS, usability and many related topics. It is a huge mega-reference (over 3,000 links) of information and articles. It also has a listserv and RSS feed for site updates.

  227. Dan Brown says:

    http://webstandards.org/learn/tutorials/accessible-forms/01-accessible-forms.html – I design forms a great deal on my companys intranet and these extra accessibility tips were very helpful

  228. Bryan Buchs says:

    ListMatic and ListMatic2
    I’ve found them both to be a great resource and reference

  229. James McCoy says:

    Although it’s already been mentioned, I would definitely say The Business Value of Web Standards by Jeffrey Veen:
    http://www.adaptivepath.com/publications/essays/archives/000266.php

  230. This document provided me with one of those “a-ha” moments–finally, a lucid explanation of the CSS flow model and how different kinds positioning work.

  231. G. I. says:

    IE6 Peekaboo Bug by Holly ‘n John. Saved my arse.

  232. I have used this concept a lot
    Faux Columns

  233. Anonymous says:

    Also the Web Design Glossary.

  234. Ian Cox says:

    Why tables for layout is stupid:
    http://www.hotdesign.com/seybold/
    thanks,

  235. michelle says:

    i have to choose only one? as a standards neophyte, i’m still into collections, and i think this one is going to be great…a hodge-podge of theory and application “field recommendations” for all levels of expertise! http://www.simplebits.com/notebook/2004/06/16/contest.html

  236. Ron Lemise says:

    CSS ZenGarden has been an invaluable source of inspiration to me.
    CSS Zen Garden

  237. Kasey says:

    I’ve read Mark Pilgrim’s 30 Days to a More Accessible Website and implemented many of the suggestions on my own site. One in particular that I had never thought of dealt with accessible forms … you can read it here: Labeling Form Elements.

  238. Quite enjoyed this article as it was concise and advocated real world standards:
    Tables Vs CSS – A Fight to the Death

  239. Sigit says:

    Congratulations for the launch!
    I found this article to be very appealing: Web Page Reconstruction with CSS.

  240. Albert says:

    http://bobby.watchfire.com/bobby/html/en/index.jsp
    Bobby Watchfire, accessibility “validator”

  241. Dave Royer says:

    An oldie but goodie about separating presentation from content and from structure.
    http://www.alistapart.com/articles/separationdilemma/

  242. Jon says:

    Revenge of the Menu Bar!

    I’m waiting for “Revenge of the Menu Bar 2 – Menu Harder” personally…

  243. Zack says:

    Congratulations on the book launch
    Auxiliary Benefits of Accessible Web Design

  244. WildFire says:

    The best:
    http://cssbeauty.com/

  245. Bob Sawyer says:

    What Every Web Site Owner Should Know About Standards: A Web Standards Primer
    http://www.maccaws.org/kit/primer/

  246. Aritz says:

    Not too original:
    Why tables for layout is stupid
    Excelent for begginers.

  247. Ty says:

    Design Eye for the Usability Guy got me started going again after a long dry spell. What a great use of humor to show how usability and design really can work together.

  248. Ryan Mack says:

    CSS Sprites: Image Slicings Kiss of Death
    No more preloading images for rollover effects.

  249. Gord Lemon says:

    Consistent List Indentation:
    http://devedge.netscape.com/viewsource/2002/list-indent/

  250. Andrew says:

    On using standards intelligently, from Mike Davidson:
    March to your own standard

  251. Matt says:

    Another vote for http://www.csszengarden.com

  252. Simon Dvorak says:

    The Web plumber’s toolbag…fix that leaky browser!
    Explorer Exposed!

  253. Martin Hense says:

    Why web standards? See the great comic-strip-like introduction by Seybold

  254. Adam says:

    The Trouble With EM ’n EN (and Other Shady Characters)
    Not the first time its been voted for but I found it enlightening.
    And the Garden. I love the Garden.

  255. Brian Warren says:

    Positioning and the Cascade
    Nothing mind-blowing, but a handy helpful thing for me when I read it.

  256. Tony says:

    One of my favorites, it’s old, but it’s that good.
    To Hell with Bad Browsers

  257. Hania says:

    I very much enjoy Max Design’s Listamatic(1&2) as well as the tutorials. They show how many different types of menus, etc can be accomplished with CSS.
    I don’t remember exactly how I got into CSS & web standards, but I think it must have been mainly due to Eric Meyer.
    And of course the Zen Garden is inimitable.

  258. Jonathan says:

    A very handy tool and reference for CSS:
    W3Schools
    http://www.w3schools.com/css/

  259. sasha maximova says:

    It’s really difficult to pick one of many…
    but let it be
    The Business Value of Web Standards by Jeffrey Veen. It helped me a lot.
    http://www.adaptivepath.com/publications/essays/archives/000266.php

  260. Chris Pederick’s Web Developer Extension for Firefox. Great tool.
    As noted by Simon Willison.

  261. Matt Massey says:

    Using a lot of these method in my own CSS redesign coming soon :)
    http://www.alistapart.com/articles/taminglists/

  262. David says:

    Simple Quiz
    I learned so much from that.. it brought some of the most interesting standard discussions on the web

  263. andrew smith says:

    http://www.orderedlist.com/examples/the_bend
    An excellent tutorial on how to do bendy text with CSS. I liked the idea.

  264. Ed Oviedo says:

    http://superfluousbanter.org/archives/000187.php

    Combines several interesting techniques like image slicing, and list styling.

  265. Man, this tutorial é great! It helped me a lot!
    http://www.alistapart.com/articles/fauxcolumns/

  266. patrick says:

    http://www.simplebits.com/notebook/2003/08/27/this_validates.html
    I remember first getting pages to validate…..

  267. Jay says:

    There is ofcourse an abundance of articles to choose from, there are some that made me go “wow” but this is probably the only one that made me hit my head on my desk hard enough to give me a headache.
    the This text is DEAD CENTRE and stays there! trick

  268. The real reason you should care about web standards
    http://www.designbyfire.com/000099.html

  269. Sari Moo says:

    Onion Skinned Drop Shadows
    was a good article I think! :)

  270. Jason says:

    The World Wide Web is Not Enough
    The comments are actually more informative than the article.

  271. Christa says:

    http://www.adactio.com/articles/display.php/CSS_based_design/2
    Hokey Matrix-inspired metaphors aside, I like the simplicity and friendliness of this one.

  272. Byron says:

    http://www.stopdesign.com/articles/design_process/
    Good to see how an expert does his work.

  273. Chester Bullock says:

    Mini-site for Zeldman’s book – this convinced me to buy it and embark on the journey of Standards-based design.

  274. I actually started to use Web Standards when iCab introduced its Let iCab smile campaign. The desire to get a smiling face on my pages in this browser and to use its site-wide navigation toolbar pushed me to read and use the HTML Specification.

  275. Ivan says:

    It seems that all the ‘good’ links have already been posted ;)
    Anyway, when I am looking for inspiration for a new design I look at:
    http://www.coolhomepages.com/
    I know it’s not only about CSS or standards but a good source for creativity and contains good links to other resources.

  276. “This site does not validate”
    http://www.mikeindustries.com/blog/archives/000009.php
    by Mike Davidson .. Great view on these darn standards :)

  277. David Norris says:

    A recent one that is an interesting read: The real reason you should care about web standards. There are also dozens of great choices from A List Apart.
    My start into the world of compliance and standards began with the purchase of a random book from Barnes & Noble, Designing with Web Standards. It is a wonderful book and I was glad to have found it so soon into my career.

  278. Michael Moore says:

    The popularity of web standards, may finally put the pressure on Microsoft to update their browsers to a fully compliant CSS level 1 standard.
    Lord would that every make life more enjoyable.

  279. Dr. Emer says:

    I’m slowly learning web standards. The best link that gives me good insight about you and your book is:
    http://webstandardsgroup.org/features/dan-cederholm.cfm

  280. Abby Menser says:

    Sliding Doors of CSS.

    A great article showing how tocreate tab navigation using CSS styled lists.

  281. Great Resource about WebStandards, CSS, Usability and abit more ;)
    http://resource.reh3.com/content/resList.html

  282. Manlio says:

    http://www.thenoodleincident.com/tutorials/box_lesson/index.html
    It was the first time I saw a CSS layout and realized all its potential

  283. Steven Rubin says:

    Where I first saw tableless css layouts. Still a good site as a reference.
    glish css layouts

  284. Favorite as in my inspiration for using standards: From Table Hacks to CSS Layout: A Web Designer’s Journey
    “The separation of style from content is at ALA today, but tomorrow, or the day after, it will be at all sites. Far from seeming revolutionary, difficult, dangerous, or non-user-friendly, it will simply be the way the medium functions. It is, after all, the way the web was always meant to work.”

  285. Karl says:

    I think this one is a good place to start on layouts:
    Little boxes

  286. KP says:

    Real World Style: Floating Thumbnails and Real World Style: Forms have started me down the path of re-thinking th last two situations I used tables: tabular data and forms.

  287. Lea says:

    CSS Max Design has been a very thorough, and easy-to-understand resource. They explain everything to the nth detail so there’s no room for error. :-)

  288. aliotsy says:

    I’m something of a Luddite, so any changes I make tend to start with baby steps. Zeldman’s Better Living Through XHTML nudged me in the right direction, and made me feel silly for taking so long to switch.

  289. Jesse says:

    I just want to enter the contest – great site, love the layout and the logo.. keep it up!!!
    http://jesse.richardson.name

  290. Kyle says:

    My fav always has been Taming Lists. Changed my view of navigation forever (and for the good) :)

  291. dean burge says:

    design rant
    it would be nice if the #comments anchor was at the form rather than the top of the comments list. would do away for the need to scroll past 383 other comments before reaching the comments form. but, i digress.

  292. camforbes says:

    i need design help. any little ‘bits’ help! :)

  293. chris says:

    http://www.simplebits.com/bits/minitabs.html
    I read that a long time ago and it was one of the first things that showed me the “power” of CSS. That and the other publication with the images in place of the border: http://www.simplebits.com/notebook/2003/08/14/minitab_shapes.html
    Seems like a lot of people want a free book and shirt!

  294. Cameron says:

    Sick Of Web Standards
    Keith Robinson tells it like it is.

  295. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?articleID=00048144-10D2-1C70-84A9809EC588EF21&catID=2
    Written in part by Tim Berners-Lee himself, this article is a good summary of the W3C view for the future of the Web and the standards that will make it happen.

  296. susan says:

    This article by Eric Meyer really help me understand floats better:Containing Floats

  297. Jorge Luna says:

    Well, the first link ill post is a MUST. I havent checked to see if its allready here, but i bet it is. However A list apart was the trigger for me to start using CSS’s potential in making websites. It is responsible also for making me be more concious on accesibility.
    Other interesting links:
    Process of design by Douglas Bowman, need I say more? :P
    Dive into accesibility: Excellent book on accesibility.
    and finally another milestone in my design “carreer”:
    Mountain top corners this article sure helped me a lot! :)
    Good luck to all

  298. andrea says:

    When I started looking at CSS based design I ploughed through everything that ALA had to offer – it’s beaut -
    and Max design
    also bonza

  299. Alfred Milgrom says:

    I know a few people have already linked to articles at maxdesign, but really I have to recommend it again: maxdesign.com.au .
    The code in the floatutorials, for example, is cleaner and easier to understand and apply than many other attempts to explain 2-column and 3-column fluid layouts.
    Highly recommended and doesn’t get hte attention it deserves.
    By the way, thanks for a great site, and best of luck with the book.

  300. Mark Michon says:

    When I originally decided to learn css the one thing that really did not click very well was the aspect of floats, specifically clearing floats.
    http://www.positioniseverything.net/articles/float-theory.html
    p.i.e did a fantastic job at not only giving examples but showing what happens when they are used or not used properly.

  301. Eileen Foster says:

    Truth is funny.
    Tables my ass: http://www.htmldog.com/ptg/archives/000049.php
    This article will get any frustrated newbie to laugh…and, get them back on track.

  302. The Missing <link> in the World Wide Web.

  303. msgre says:

    new pixie’s web site – wellstyled.com

  304. This one always encourages me to keep pounding away on a CSS problem: Reinventing the wheel, by Zeldman.

  305. ceejayoz says:

    http://www.alistapart.com/articles/dynatext/
    Could revolutionize web typography!

  306. Nakijo says:

    ASP.NET Resources
    ASP.NET with an emphasis on web standards

  307. Jay says:

    A book is just a long article I reckon, and I’m sure I will just be adding one that’s already in the previous comments, but Zeldman’s DWWS is definitely the thing which got me started on the web standards road.

  308. Douglas says:

    Got to be BrainJar, thought the CSS-D Wiki is very useful too, and just for kicks, here is one not on CSS: PKK on JS
    Have fun,
    Douglas

  309. Robert says:

    Looks like I found this contest late :) I still use BlueRobot.com for its great CSS Centering articles.

  310. Mike says:

    It wasn’t until Faux columns that I could finally create sites that looked and felt like the ones I used to create with tables. I still refer to it all the time.
    Thanks!

  311. CSS Zen Garden.

    I’ve used this countless times to show colleagues that CSS design does not look crap. It impresses them enough for me to win the arguement there and then.

  312. Peter Kooi says:

    My suggestion: Quirksmode.org. CSS, webstandards & more…

  313. Attila Suranyi says:

    brainjar.com

  314. steve says:

    i’d say this is my fave… this little problem had me stumped for ages… flash of unstyled content (FOUC).
    http://www.bluerobot.com/web/css/fouc.asp

  315. The real reason you should care about web standards
    http://www.designbyfire.com/000099.html

  316. the article that started it all for me, few years ago:
    From Table Hacks to CSS Layout: A Web Designer’s Journey by Jeffrey Zeldman

  317. This is how to make simple unordered list items looks hexagonal. No Flash, just only CSS and HTML! Great!
    http://tantek.com/map.html

  318. Jimena says:

    basura debajo del felpudo. Some information about standards in spanish.

  319. Andy Budd says:

    No question, it’s gotta be A List Apart

  320. WaSP is my favorite. I got redirected there during the Browser Upgrade Campaign. I was using FrontPage at the time and never dreamed that I could write my own markup (all I had ever seen was the confusing output from WYSIWYGs). HTML & CSS suddenly made sense when I viewed the source at the WaSP site.

  321. David Sims says:

    …and now for something completely different! – common sense:
    http://www.mikeindustries.com/blog/archives/000009.php

  322. I find this one to be a good read. Many of the following user comments are worth your time aswell!
    http://www.designbyfire.com/000099.html
    / Mats

  323. Jouko Rautanen says:

    I really like Inman’s site …
    Here it is shauninman.com.

  324. John says:

    Imagine my surpise when my favorite CSS article of late happened to be on this very site :-)
    Magic Icons for Lazy People Like Me

  325. Dave Lehman says:

    “The web’s CSS site” pretty much sums it up.

    CSS Vault

  326. Here’s the article that got me kick-started into designing with standards and showed me how to do it. Thanks Jeremy.
    http://www.adactio.com/articles/display.php/CSS_based_design

  327. Sharif says:

    It may no longer be the most timely article, but it’s the one that got me started…
    From Table Hacks to CSS Layout: A Web Designer’s Journey

  328. brian says:

    Hide CSS From Browsers. sadly, still too useful. =)

  329. Jason says:

    While Practical CSS Layout Tips, Tricks, & Techniques@ A List Apart was the first article I ever came arcoss that involved Web Standards and started the wheels in motion, is was this article, Why Don’t You Code for Netscape? that really convinced me this was a viable way to go, hard to believe it, but it was two years ago, and since then I haven’t looked back, having made my first site using XHTML and CSS shortly after (It launched in Oct 2002).

  330. Dave P says:

    Two articles I especially liked were: Dan’s Faux Columns and Two columns with color by Russ Weakley.

  331. Stephanie says:

    Client-side Table Sorting
    I’d been using CSS for a while, but this trick (mentioned in Zeldman’s big orange book) finally got me to learn a little Javascript.

  332. Amitabh says:

    Arguably the best CSS resource on the net: A List Apart’s CSS articles.

  333. bennion says:

    blakems.com’s picture this
    blake always has some great tips and tricks up his sleeve. he’s also great at filtering through and pulling out the best tips as he does in this article.
    enjoy.

  334. Nicole says:

    I’ve begun to start reading evolt on a fairly regular basis. Here’s an article discussing the best web tool ever… The Best Web Tool Ever

  335. 1) Design for the Usability Guy
    I sometimes read the Usability Guy… but never thought about the DESIGN side of the Usability Guy’s Website:)
    Recommended reading!
    Next, if you’re interested in making pure CSS menus, with or without the Swap-Images Technique, an enormously helpful link might be this one:
    List-A-Matic
    Luck to everyone at the contest:)))

  336. Nathan Edwards says:

    How to Save Web Accessibility from Itself via A List Apart.
    Nice little lunch time read.
    http://www.alistapart.com/articles/saveaccessibility/

  337. Michel Lefou says:

    If you’re a webdesigner, no matter handcoder or WYSIWYG or both, here’s an extremely simple, versatile and power tool for you – what’s more, it’s freeware! Pick up any color you want or need on a webpage, from anywhere from your screen!
    Web Color Picker
    Once you try this small program, you’ll love it!

  338. To Hell With Bad Browsers showed me that web standards were more than just theory and could be used on real web sites.

  339. Eric says:

    I really like Eric Meyers css/edge.

  340. Ken Hurd says:

    Shaun Inman always has some interesting twists, and novel approaches.

  341. Great article on holistic approach to web design
    http://www.zeldman.com/daily/0604e.shtml#use

  342. I referrence Mezzoblue’s CSS crib sheets quite a bit. Its a great short list for trouble shooting css.
    Congrats on getting the book published!

  343. The CSS Tutorials at Max Design
    http://css.maxdesign.com.au

  344. Matt says:

    Look Ma, No Tables
    http://glish.com/css/
    Thanks glish…
    and thanks Dan for your Blogger templates!!

  345. If you build ‘em you have to test ‘em!
    Evolt Browser Archive

  346. CSS, accessibility and Standards Links – nice collection of links, thoughtfully categorized.

  347. In terms of having the greatest impact on the way I work, I would have to cite “Taming Lists” from A List Apart. No other article has had more effect on the way I create webpages, and in removing the fear of switching to more modern coding practices.
    CSS Design: Taming Lists: A List Apart

  348. Malarkey says:

    Floatutorial – essential stuff!

  349. I know he’s my boss, but I liked the entry.
    Horse and Buggy

  350. Clint Davis says:

    Weekly Standards
    Nice place to see what’s happening with big (and not so big) sites that are designed with standards.

  351. hartmurmur says:

    bribe:
    http://www.alistapart.com/articles/mountaintop/
    but I really do think this article is the bomb.

  352. Martins says:

    Coly-logical ticked-off links. Very nice use of anchor pseudo-classes.
    Coly Logic

  353. Kevin Marsh says:

    A great resource with tons of links to web-standards development:
    http://www.simplebits.com/notebook/2004/06/16/contest.html#comments
    ;)

  354. Nate Clinton says:

    I’ve only been looking at what you all know as “web standards” for a very short time, but what really got me hooked was my discovery of the venerable Css Zen Garden. So I guess I’d have to say it’s my submission. Although not terribly original, it had a profound impact on my interest in the topic.

  355. Ischa Gast says:

    The article that helped me convincing my boss to change the way of working.
    http://www.hotdesign.com/seybold/

  356. Jerry says:

    It has always seemed to me that the best thing I can personally do for web standards is to get people to use tools that respect them.
    So when the inevitable people (my mom, my inlaws, etc) ask me to “fix my computer” I also take the opportunity to set up Firefox. When they ask why, I show them this site:
    http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/why/

  357. David Zülke says:

    Sane CSS Sizes
    and two articles on Viewport properties, cross-browser compatibility and Quirksmode:
    1, 2

  358. Greg says:

    CSS Sprites: Image Slicing’s Kiss of Death
    by Dave Shea
    http://www.alistapart.com/articles/sprites/

  359. Web standards will soon become self aware and eat us all.
    I also have a gmail address.
    And I like vanilla.
    I also dig http://intensivstation.ch/css/template.php

  360. Frank put out a great argument for usability and design as allies in the web production process, not enemies.
    “Usability professionals need to wake up to the fact that aesthetics are not a trivial afterthought, but an integral part of the user experience.”
    -Frank Spillers
    Graphic Design vs. Usability

  361. Alex says:

    Simply, a great source on the ins and outs, of different approaches to coding.
    SimpleQuiz
    Cheers. :D

  362. Mark says:

    Back when I made the switch to standards, this article kick started my conversion. It outlines the “why” while referencing and pointing to the “how.”
    Better Living Through XHTML

  363. thepostman says:

    Bringing balance to the web standards argument:
    March to Your Own Standard

    BTW: I still made the switch after reading the article.

  364. The essential online guide to CSS tags:
    http://www.w3schools.com/css/

  365. Charles G says:

    Free book here I come!
    IFR: Revised and Revisited