10 Coding Guidelines for Perfect Findability and Web Standards
Perfect findability and web standards can be achieved with the same means when it comes to coding. Thus I collected a very simple list of 10 coding guidelines for perfect findability and web standards everybody can easily memorize and implement:
- Less is more, do not use more code than necessary
- No inline CSS or scripts, try to separate content from appearance and behavior
- No huge styles and scripts in the head, externalize (use external files) everything as far as possible
- Use semantic code, make headline headlines (h1, h2, h3 etc.), make important terms bold, citation blockquote etc.
- Don’t use any redundant meta tags (only meta description is a must)
- Use Microformats to make your site machine readable by e.g. telling robots your name and address
- Use tables only for table data (like for basketball scores)
- Use bulleted or numbered lists, or use lists without displaying them as such.
- Do not load important content via Flash or AJAX, always use plain HTML
Last updated: September 22nd, 2011.