Why is valid HTML important to everyone?

How does invalid HTML affect everyone who uses the Web?

The Web works with valid and invalid HTML. So why is valid HTML important? And how does invalid HTML affect everyone who uses the Web? Technical standards are the bedrock of innovation and it is a recognized fact that smaller companies often lead in the creation of innovative technologies. Standards create a level playing field on which these smaller companies compete with giants.

Non-standard use of HTML on the Web thus makes it extremely difficult for smaller companies to compete with their larger competitors, because an enormous amount of their development resources must go to dealing with invalid HTML. The result is that we have less competition, a limited choice of applications, and fewer innovative technologies.

Patrick Julicher

Patrick JulicherPatrick started developing websites at the age of 25, only using HTML and building simple websites. Through the years his passion for designing and developing grew, and his career moved in that direction in the year 2004, when he decided to try and get a job in ICT and Web Development.
He got this chance at WE ICT, based in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. For the first couple of years he combined network management for customers with creating database-driven websites in ASP. Since 2008 his main work is on the developing part.
While ASP is still his favorite language, he's slowly trying to dive into ASP.NET and discover all of the possibilities.

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