Semantic HTML Is Not Boring!

I was describing Semantic HTML to my wife with all the enthusiasm I have for web standards, and mid-speech I saw it. Right there in front of me. I saw “The Look”! What look you ask? Some of you Standardista’s already know what I’m talking about, but for those of you who have not crossed over into the Geek-zone yet, here’s the break down of “The Look”:

A distant, blank, almost comatose stare coming from the eyes of your audience of one!

For my beautiful and sexy wife, web standards are a bore. Semantic talk dulls her senses. Describing XHMTL markup to her for her enjoyment is like beating a fly until it stops flying around, comes on over and says, “Wow, I’m so sorry I’ve been buzzing around your head! I’ll just fly into that bug zapper you’ve hung in the corner - and end my life right now!”

She doesn’t understand it, nor cares to understand. But that’s ok, because she understands that web standards are important to me, and so she’s willing to sit (endure!) and listen to my rants about, “those inaccessible websites that are nothing more than MFA crud!”

Now before I go on, let me clarify that I have (and do)  support MFA (Made For AdSense) type of sites - but with a twist. They will validate according to W3C specs. They will have real content, that is both indexable to SE’s as well as be relevant to my target audience. In short, I’ll take a MFA site, and rework it. Make it accessible. Make it semantic. Make it a credible resource. In short, POSH it good!

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About the Author


Member of the GAWDs and Web Standards Group. As a member of the Web Standards Group, as well as membership in the Guild of Accessible Web Designers, I strive to achieve maximum website accessibility in my designs, while using the latest, cutting-edge eXtensible HyperText Mark-up Language/CSS markup. My sites fully validate with the W3C standards for XHTML/CSS, as well as comply with the W3C's WAI - A, AA, or AAA standards. Separation of Content from presentation and a site that fully complies with this philosophy - will reach more than just your intended audience, it'll reach everyone! Web standards at FierceStreet Networks is all about usability - XHTML for content, and CSS for presentation.

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