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Why these Standards?

The W3C working groups involve individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds and specialties who meet to address ahead of time the issues an average Web designer should never need to worry about. The goal is to provide a series of recommendations so well thought-out that simply by following the specification properly, developers of authoring software and browsers have a clear guideline to follow, and content authors and designers can be assured that their sites are viewable and usable by the widest variety of user agents.

By “user agents” we mean Web browsers, of course; but the average desktop browser is only the tip of the iceberg. As portable devices like mobile phones take off, more and more users will browse the Web free of the shackles of the desktop. Not every user will come in using your browser of choice; not every user can. For example, those with special accessibility requirements may use assistive devices called screen readers, or special Braille displays or magnification software.


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