I wrote to a site owner last week and I thought I was writing to a webmaster. The site owner complained about some of the jargon and, while explaining who I thought I was writing for, I explained some of it because I think more website owners might benefit from these three explanations:-
“Expat-like terms” – made available in a way that is freely sharable, modifiable and redistributable, similar to the Expat software package, whose terms are published at http://www.jclark.com/xml/copying.txt – this is often used as a clear, simple example for encouraging wide distribution of electronic resources (software).
“valid xhtml” – validating against the eXtensible HyperText Markup Language standards published by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) – the underlying language of the web. There is a test service provided at http://validator.w3.org/ and passing it is a key stepping stone towards making an accessible website. There’s not really such a thing as “invalid xhtml” – if it doesn’t pass validation, it’s not xhtml. So I guess I’m guilty of using a tautology sometimes – sorry about that.
Is it worthwhile knowing those three phrases? Are there other key technical phrases which you think site owners should know?