The letter “W” could stand for so many things on the World Wide Web that it became a hard choice to decide which item to discuss. However, the idea of web standards underlines a core principle that many in our industry hold dear. Knowing the various languages and standards (and how they work) is something that everyone in the field professionally should be familiar with.
Every language used on the web, from HTML to Python, has its own set of specifications that outlines recommendations and best practices as to how the language should be used (and in what context). Following these standards can be tricky because it requires a lot of reading, patience, and motivation, but if you want to master a language like HTML, CSS, or Ruby (on Rails), you’ll need get used to following standards and keeping your knowledge current.
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