As defined by wikipedia,
Web standards is a general term for the formal standards and other technical specifications that define and describe aspects of the World Wide Web. In recent years, the term has been more frequently associated with the trend of endorsing a set of standardized best practices for building web sites, and a philosophy of web design and development that includes those methods.
I have been a proponent of Web standards ever since I created my first web site back in early 2000. Back then, I was only following what I thought was the correct way to do things, and having the word ‘standards’ seemed to make this movement official for me. As I learned more about these web standards, the importance of the best practices set forth along with the concept and goals of creating markup that would display the same across browsers, the more it all seemed to make sense.
However, seven years later, I am still creating web sites/applications using PHP, XHTML and CSS, but I am getting ever so frustrated with these so called “web standards,” mainly due to the quirks and lack of support in IE6 and to some degree IE7. I am not an XHTML or CSS guru, but I think I know enough to write decent markup and styles to be effective (please don’t judge me using this site, after all, this theme was found on a wordpress theme site and I haven’t had the time to clean it up). Just the other day, I was working on a site that required a three column layout, with columns of equal height, so I decided to use alistapart’s Holy Grail.