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Jennifer Kyrnin

What is the W3C?

By March 29, 2013

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One of the most hotly commented on blog posts on my site is one called Don't be Fooled by W3Schools. And one recent commenter asked:

“if u think that w3schools is a wrong website can u give a beeter option than these......?”

And while I feel that this site that I write here for About.com is a worthy competitor, I think the real issue is the confusion they create with their name. Because people confuse it with the real W3C website.

The W3C was created to move the web forward to reach it's full potential by creating standards that web designers and browser makers can rely on. This site lists the specifications (proposed and standardized) for many if not most of the web tools you use right now. And as such, it's better to use the source of HTML/CSS/etc. than to use a site that capitalizes on a misleading name to make people think their site is more official than it is.

Learn more about the W3C: What is the W3C?

April 1, 2013 at 1:31 pm
(1) Alex z says:

Great post with a lot of useful info and tips on w3 thank you for sharing

April 3, 2013 at 12:59 pm
(2) Jennifer Kyrnin says:

@Alex z: thanks. I’m glad you found it useful.

April 1, 2013 at 2:42 pm
(3) thenbman says:

You will always get a debate about this, I know you feel strongly that your right, but there isn’t another website that I’ve come across that gives a wider range of topics than W3 Schools. Whether people get mixed up with the name or not, that’s probably a clever ploy, it happens in every walk of like, so that’s not a valid reason why anyone shouldn’t visit it.
You say this site gives it a run for the money, no it doesn’t! It’s rubbish design on here, all about sites are, so it’s on a loser straight away from the easy to navigate Schools site. As we’ve had this out before, I like this site as it offers something different, but there’s room for two different types of thing.
Also if you go onto their site you will find that they are teaching W3C, so your argument Jennifer isn’t that strong on this :)

As for W3C setting standards, maybe, but is that always a good thing? It’s a very boring site and no creative notions there at all. This is where designers don’t follow the rules, they think outside the box.

I know your going to disagree and all that and that’s fine, but my ideas haven’t changed since the last time you brought this up.

April 3, 2013 at 12:58 pm
(4) Jennifer Kyrnin says:

@thenbman: agree to disagree then. :-)

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