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Chapter Three. The Trouble with Standards > Perception Versus Reality

Perception Versus Reality

For one thing, as with accessibility (see Chapter 14, “Accessibility Basics”), many designers hold the mistaken belief that web standards are somehow hostile or antithetical to the needs of good graphic design. For another, those who create standards are not in the business of selling them; the visually and architecturally pedestrian sites of W3C or ECMA [3.3] hold little inspirational appeal for graphic stylists and consumer-oriented designers. And the unprofessional appearance of W3C or ECMA does little to combat the myth that standards are antithetical to visual design. Only beautifully designed sites that use standards [3.4] can overturn that false perception.


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