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Thursday September 23

Coding Standards

An excellent example about how we code. Dave Mytton points out that although we have all been talking about web standards, we have ignored the implementation of a coding standard. We all have different ways of coding that are useful to ourselves but also make it difficult for other people to read and understand. So we need to create a coding standard to enhance cooperation among developers.

"Code" standards as outlined by Zeldman and other authors are not enough. These ensure that the code is validatable. "Coding" standards ensure that code is readable and understandable by all, no matter what level of experience or which part of the world they come from.

This was a problem that was made very obvious to me when I tried to invite people to try to remarkup popular websites. We couldn't agree to a coding standard to make our work easier for each other to build upon.



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