The Importance of Valid HTML Code

Valid HTML code is very important because it helps accessibility in the ever growing platform and user agent market such as smart phones, tablet computers, the Android browser and more. It also helps show professionalism and good practice, aids debugging and future proofing.

Languages and Rules

Web pages are written in the language of HTML and the current version is HMTL 5. Every language has its own syntax and therefore every document written in the language of HTML is supposed to follow its official rules.

The rules set out define how the syntax can be used, what order the language can be written in and how it all fits together. For example, you will always start a web page with the opening HTML tag and finish with the closing HTML tag. Between these tags is the head tag and body tag. The body tag comes after the head tag.

The rules also specify how certain syntaxes work and shouldn’t work. In a HTML list you use a block level item, such as a “<div>” tag, as a list item.

What is valid HTML code?

Valid code is HTML code that follows these rules set out by the W3C is dubbed “valid code”. This is because the code is properly formatted, based on standards created by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Any code that is not properly formatted is dubbed invalid code. Invalid code can be a result of typing mistakes or HTML code that was once valid but now obsolete. For example the “<b>” tag for bold is invalid and superseded by the “<strong>” tag.

Why should you as a designer validate your code?

The main reason designers should be strongly encouraged to check their code and use validation services like the W3C’s very own HTML validation tool for accessibility reasons.

With the arrival of Web browsers on tablet computers, smart mobile phones, games consoles and televisions it has become nearly impossible to predict just how your website will viewed. Any incorrect HTML can create an error in the browser or prevent your document from working in a particular browser. This will then turn any your audience.

For example, if you’re going to be running a social media campaign and planning on running a story on Digg and the majority of Digg users use Safari or Firefox. If your website fails to load correctly because of bad code or poor CSS formatting, your story is going to get no attention and you’ll be missing out on the potential of hundreds of organic editorial links.

Validated code is simply more predictable and makes life for Internet browsers and assistive technologies easier in order to present websites and their content in an accessible way.

Other reasons to validate your HTML code

Validation is a sign of professionalism

Today there is little certification for Web professionals beyond NVQ levels and computer and Information Technology related degrees. Many web designers so far have to learn by themselves. Seasoned designers can take pride in creating Web content using well-formed markup. Validation can then be used as a quick check to determine whether the code is the clean work of a seasoned HTML author, or quickly hacked-together tag soup. Validation therefore can set you as a designer apart from others and show you as the professional to hire.

Validation helps teach good practices.

Many professionals have been authoring the Web with HTML and CSS since the beginning and will know these technologies by heart. Beginners and students will find automated checking tools invaluable in spotting mistakes and make a good introduction to broader, more complex quality concepts such as accessibility.

Validation as a debugging tool

While many contemporary Web browsers do an increasingly good job of parsing even the worst HTML “tag soup”, some errors are not always found. Very often, different software on different platforms will not handle such errors so easily.

Using standard markup and style sheets offers a much greater chance of having your webpage and website handled consistently across all platforms and user-agents. Indeed, most developers creating Web applications know that reliable scripting needs the document to be parsed by User-Agents without any unexpected error, and will make sure that their markup and CSS is validated before creating a rich interactive layer.

Validation as a future-proof quality check

Checking that a page displays properly in several contemporary Web browsers may be a reasonable insurance that the page will work today, but it does not guarantee that it will work tomorrow. Internet browsers change and new versions appear all the time. Everyone who accessed the Web will use a different browser that is older or newer that your version.

Validation is one of the simplest ways to check whether a page is built in accordance with Web standards, and provides one of the most reliable guarantees that future Web platforms will handle it as designed.

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PSD to HTML Vs PSD to HTML5 – King of Conversion Market a Year Later

In the conversion market, everybody is talking about ongoing virtual battle between PSD to HTML conversion vs PSD to HTML5 conversion after the official launch of HTML5. Presently, there are thousands of service providers that offer PSD to HTML/ XHTML/ CSS conversion services at different price segments. Afterwards HTML5, the web development and conversion market has become more intense rivalry in comparison to the last year. It’s quite tough to predict who will be the next king of conversion market a year later among PSD to HTML vs PSD to HTML5.

Here, a tough comparison has been conducted between both on different parameters to find out our next king of conversion market. Before comparing the two, let’s get a brief introduction about both mark-up languages.

HTML5 vs HTML

The revised version of HTML – the HTML5 has becomes the new web standard. The standard revision of HyperText Markup Language, is a most standard programming language armed with complete makeover. Most of the web developers have already started on working with this newest specification of mark-up language for describing and structuring the contents and appearance of web pages in the World Wide Web. On the other hand, Hyper Text Markup Language is a complete predominant mark-up language well accepted by web developers as a basic building-block to structure and describe web pages of a site.

When comparing languages, an individual will find out various factors distinguishing both on different parameters which can be explored below:

  • In HyperText Markup Language, DOCTYPE is longer whereas DOCTYPE required to enable HTML5 documents standard mode.
  • Audio < audio > and < video > Video elements are available in HTML5 whereas no such features are available in HTML.
  • HTML5 supported by modern browser such as Firefox, Mozilla, Opera, Chrome, Safari whereas HTML only supports old browsers.

PSD to HTML vs PSD to HTML5 – King of conversion market a year later

Definitely the conversion market will become more mature in comparison to the past year but it’s really difficult to predict the future whether HTML5 is the end of PSD-to-HTML services or a fresh beginning of PSD-to-HTML5 services in the modern conversion market. However, one thing for sure true is that the scope of converting PSD-to-HTML will remain same or even increase more in the era of HTML5 when it comes to create modern web portals. This is because of the simple reason that the issues like unformatted and unstructured XHTML-CSS codes cannot be resolved by HTML5 backward compatibility and error handling ability.

The 5th major revision of the core language cannot underestimate the significant importance of PSD-to-XHTML. If paying attention towards real-world development needs of the language, one can say that there will be less demand for PSD to (X)HTML/ CSS conversion services. The reason is simple – the HTML5 brings few exciting new elements and attributes as well as updates already in use HyperText Markup Language code under its umbrella.The newest HyperText Markup Language specification comes with scripting application programming interfaces (APIs), Web Forms 2.0, another WHATWG specification, new “semantic” tags, error handling capability and backward compatibility etc.

HTML5 backed with interesting features and hereby, strongly influencing the PSD-to-HTML services. At this point, one can predict specific PSD to HTML5 conversion too. Whether PSD to HTML will be the next king of conversion market or PSD to HTML5 a year later among – time will show.

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HTML 5 and CSS 3: Future of Web Design

HTML 5 and CSS 3 are in the near future going to revolutionize the world of web design. In the near future the websites are going to be a combination of HTML 5 and CSS3. The expectations of the business from the websites are increasing, so much so that the businesses want the website to perform as efficient and effective business/sales representatives. It is because of this that the HTML 4 and the earlier versions of CSS are proving inefficient. Let us first know something about HTML 5 and then CSS 3.

HTML 5:

HTML 5 offers such coding that facilitates better incorporation of audio and video. It is also going to allow better user interface among the websites. Usually the HTML portrays the whole content of the website including the heading, titles and the content therein. HTML 4 that featured old coding style is now being replaced by HTML5. 1997 saw the launching of the HTML. In the early 90s the websites needed to just have the images and text content. HTML was the perfect coding language at that time. The world of internet and website has undergone a sea of change since then. The businesses now want the website to be interactive and media rich. This is where the limitations of HTML 4 come into play and the application of HTML 5 starts.

CSS 3:

CSS is the acronym of Cascading Style Sheets. It pertains to the look of the content when a visitor visits the website. The fonts, colors and the background play a crucial role in the look of the website. The CSS2, earlier version of CSS3 was good for the styles needed by the websites in the 1990s but not now. The restriction of CSS2 to a specific range of styles, fonts and effects limits the use of CSS2. As mentioned earlier the websites of today need to be made more appealing and interactive. The CSS3 has been designed to facilitate the website designer with tools to make the website visually more appealing and incorporate it with structurally more complex elements.

Effect of the combination of HTML 5 and CSS 3:

  • The visual effects will be made more appealing. With the help of HTML 5 and CSS 3 it is easier coding the websites to have drop shadows and round corners.
  • The Fonts can be customized.
  • The look of the tables can be enhanced by using better styles.
  • The designers are provided with Web Sockets. This allows faster transfer of online data and communication. Updates from the server can be got in real time.
  • HTML 5 and CSS 3 make new forms available to the website designers. This facilitates the designers with native functionality. The designers need to do less overall coding just because there is no need of scripting for validation.
  • Use of HTML 5 and CSS 3 allows better accesses information. The emails can be stored and later viewed offline.
  • Coding with HTML 5 and CSS 3 allows easy animation and transformation. The JavaScript used for writing simple animations can be written faster and this saves time.
  • The facility of Geo Location can also be incorporated.
  • HTML5 and CSS3 allow incorporating Canvas on to the website. Canvas is a native type of drawing functionality.

Web designing with the help of HTML5 and CSS3 makes the designer independent of plugins from third party. Usually these plugins pertain to video, audio or interactivity.

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Writing Jobs Online: The "Writing Sample" Fraud and How to Avoid It

There are many fraudulent schemes in the work-from-home, freelance writing niche. One of the most popular is what I call the “writing sample” scam. While it usually doesn’t cost you any money, what it does cost you is time – which is your greatest asset as a freelance writer.

You could wind up spending a whole bunch of time working for free. Following is what this scam is and how to avoid it.

How the Freelance “Writing Sample” Scam Works

The way this online writing jobs scheme works is, a company will place an ad seeking articles or some other type of content (eg, blog posts) on a certain topic. When you apply, they will ask you for a writing sample.

“Great,” you may be thinking, “I just wrote an article on this last week, I’ll send it in as my sample.”

But, they’ll get back to you saying that the article must be original and they want to “judge your writing ability and for you to adhere to their guidelines” or some other such jargon. They’ll usually promise that there will be ongoing work “if your writing sample is accepted.”

So you think, “Hmm, a chance for ongoing work. It’s only 300-400 words; I can knock it out in an hour or so.”

So you do and send it in. You’ll either never hear from them again, and/or if you do, they’ll tell you that your writing sample” didn’t pass their guidelines so they won’t be able to use you.

“Fine,” you think. It sucks that you spent the time writing the article, but you have a few other sources you can pitch it to and probably sell it.

One day while doing some mindless web surfing, you come across your article – on their site – verbatim. Only, it doesn’t have your name on it. They’ve stuck their name on it and are using it – and they haven’t paid you a dime!

If this happens to you, you’ve been scammed.

The reason behind these types of online writing jobs scams is simple – the company/person is getting original content without paying for it. You see, they probably have fed the same story to hundreds of freelance writers who fell for it. So, they’re getting hundreds of pieces of original content — for free.

Why This Online Writing Jobs Scam Is So Prevalent

The reason they do it is because content costs and they’re either too lazy or too stupid to produce it themselves. Many behind these types of scams are internet and affiliate marketers with hundreds of websites.

To pay someone to write original, informative content for their sites would run them thousands of dollars. So, they prey on unsuspecting web writers who are new to the industry to produce the content.

How to Avoid These Types of Online Writing Jobs Scams

It’s surprisingly simple. Don’t write original content for free. Legitimate businesses will pay you to write a sample if they’re considering using you. Most often though, they won’t even require it. The samples you already have will work just fine. So, remember this.

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Oil Rig Jobs – Working Aboard the Petronius Oil Platform

For a a few hardy, industrious men a 2,000 foot high metal behemoth of a rig in the Gulf of Mexico is home; well two weeks out of every four, that is. They work, sleep and relax aboard the Petronius oil platform, operated by Marathon Oil and the Chevron corporation.

The Petronius is one of the most mindboggling of all the giant oil platforms scattered across the oceans of the world. Named for the Roman writer it was the world’s tallest free standing structure until 2008 when it was suppassed by the Burj Dubai. The platform serves 14 different wells outputting millions of barrels of oil. At over 500 million dollars the Petronius is one of the most expensive offshore civil construction projects in the world

Working aboard the rig is one the most hazardous jobs there is. Oil rigs are usually dozens or hundreds of miles from land and bear the brunt of some of the harshest weather that mother nature unleashes. Rocked and rolled by waves, ripped at by gales and frozen by bitter cold – these are just some of the natural hazards an oil rig is subjected to. For the average rig worker the man-made dangers can be even more of a threat. Swinging cranes, the constant moving of heavy equipment, dangerous power tools which can rend a limb from a body in a second and being only a short drop from near certain death into an ocean seventy five metres below take more than a few lives each year.

So what attracts men to work far out at sea, living in cramped quarters of up to four to a room in one of the most hazardous jobs in the world? Well one thing is the money. On the Petronius salaries start at about $50k a year, which is a great starting salary for relatively unskilled work. Those with trade qualifications and skills, and those with several years of experience can command six figure salaries.

Another draw to oil rig jobs is the generous time off. Workers aboard the Petronius work a two weeks on, two weeks off schedule. This means that they typically work less than six months of the year and still earn a very competitive wage. While they are on board the Petronius the oil rig workers are also more than amply fed, noshing down on four hearty meals a day, all of which are included in their compensation package. Recreation facilities on the ‘floating town’ also include a gym and satellite TV to fill the few hours that the men are not hard at work. These oil rig jobs are tough, but they aren’t without their own rewards.

Even though this work is noisy, in a remote location and the work conditions are high risk, employment aboard the Petronius and other oil platforms still has a huge draw for a certain kind of man. Tough, resilient, hardworking and perhaps slightly thrilled by the threat of danger there is a constant stream of hardy men applying for these jobs. Although they work hard aboard the rig, most of them more than make up for it in their time off. If you have ever seen a rig worker on his frequent leave, you will know that they know how to ‘unwind’ in style.

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The Fundamental Importance Of Jobs In Society

Being in employment is critical to living a good life. To many people, this may seem a rather fundamental, if not basic, statement. However, whilst the financial aspect of having a job is important, things are a good deal more important than this. Indeed, jobs play an integral role in the mental and physical health of a society.

Being out of employment for an extended period of time is incredibly damaging to the health of a person; being responsible for the development of many medical conditions. Stress and depression are commonly associated with the unemployed of course, but things go a good deal further than this.

An integral part to being a worthy and valued member of society is to possess good social skills. Whilst these are essentially developed throughout early childhood, maintaining them is necessary; as it is with any other part of the human makeup. As such, being away from interaction with other people for a protracted period of time severely diminishes the social abilities of a person.

The result of this is that people lose touch with what is going on in the world; lose touch with their friends and family members, and do not converse with strangers on a daily basis. The effects of this are far ranging; allowing for people to become more withdrawn from society and as a result, less likely to perform well at interview, thus creating an ever worsening vicious circle.

Those that develop such mental problems are also more likely to go on to develop physical problems. Often, these are as a result of a diminishing in their hygiene standards, which causes weaknesses in the immune system and the development of viruses and infections. That these people are less likely to consult a doctor too, compounds the issue.

Whilst those people having jobs are likely to be healthier then, things are not plain sailing. Indeed, for those people who are working in a position that they passionately do not enjoy, their mental health will likewise be negatively affected. In some cases, the effects could be worse than not having a job at all.

Understanding what makes for good jobs as opposed to bad jobs is, in a great many ways, a very personal preference however. At least for those in work, they are in a better position to look for something better than they already have. Those not in work, may have to accept a job offer which is not really for them of course which, over time, could only serve to make their mental and health situation even worse.

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How Working From Home Jobs Can Be Financially Beneficial In The Long Run

Managing our foreseeable future is a thing that we all like to do. Frequently this isn’t likely if we place those choices in other individuals’ control. One of the ways individuals are beginning to manage their career is reputable working from home jobs. These jobs might be different from what you might be familiar with, but could supply a beneficial livelihood. The following are a few of the most popular working from home jobs which may interest you and your colleagues.

When considering the Internet and work opportunities variety is just what you will come across. Increasingly more businesses are hunting for home workers therefore the demand has likewise increased for those who will work at home. Undoubtedly data entry is among the tasks that you could come across. To begin these jobs you require a computer plus an Internet connection. Many of these tasks are simple to carry out as the businesses inform you the way they would like things done.

Of the many reputable working from home work opportunities, writing is among the least difficult for any individual to get into. Organizations and people require freelance writers for copywriters, articles and eBooks constantly. An excellent writer is going to be in extremely high demand and also compensated exceptionally well. If you are able to write you will prosper on the internet.

Proofreading is one more online task which is likewise very popular nowadays. With individuals and companies having a shorter period to review press releases and articles a proofreader is employed. These proofreaders are typically sourced from home workers as companies do not wish to employ them in-house. If you are a great proofreader you can be very busy with work.

The Virtual Assistant is one other job that is expanding quickly. Businesses during the last number of years have been outsourcing to the virtual assistant. These jobs may be as basic as customer care calls to product sales presentation. Frequently it depends on what the organization that is employing you requires.

Another authentic working from home job which is also developing is Internet Marketing. This task may be as basic as marketing merchandise to starting up your own online businesses. The extent of what you carry out with this career is dependent upon who you are working for and what they need from you.

The Online World has altered the way in which we carry out a lot of things and today it offers lots of reputable jobs for many individuals. The secret is to check around and research each and every job on offer meticulously. Many will pay a lot more than others as more work might be needed for several jobs. The greatest key is to take your time prior to making a choice.

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Game Design Jobs for Felons – Tips To Getting Hired As A Felon Game Designer

Game design jobs for felons could be a good career choice for you. This article will talk about jobs for convicted felons in game design and describe what you will need to do to get a job in this industry. Skills seem to be what sets those apart who get hired for game design felon jobs, not your background.

What is game testing and design? Almost all of us have played computer or video games so it’s not too difficult to explain it. Simply put, game programming and design is the creation and development of gaming software.

So are there about jobs for convicted felons in Game Design? Yes, of course!

The gaming industry is one of today’s fastest-growing industries in the U.S. From 2005-2008, the U.S. economy as a whole grew by 1.4 percent while the gaming industry grew by an amazing 16.7 percent during the same period, according to the Entertainment Software Association. In fact, gaming is expected to become a $58 billion business by 2012.

Around 120,000 people are employed by the gaming industry which means that there are plenty of game testing jobs for convicted felons. This industry is one where people are more concerned about what you can do now than what you have been doing in the past.

Video design professionals are paid very well. The average annual compensation per gaming industry employee was $89,781 in 2009 and this figure is not expected to decrease any time soon.

Video design jobs for felons are suitable for those who are very creative and imaginative. You should be detail-oriented and disciplined. A passion for gaming is also a good quality for a game tester.

The first thing you will need to start a career in game testing is a high school diploma. Then you will need to learn about digital game design by getting a certificate or degree in video design. Core courses in a gaming program include animation, gaming technology, video design process and level design.

Once you graduate, you can get an entry-level job in a game design or entertainment company. These video design jobs for felons will involve tasks such as working with a team to design, develop, test and produce games, or create animations and 3D scenes.

Developing games or multi-media entertainment requires different types of game design professionals such as testers, programmers, concept artists, animators, sound technicians, modelers, music composers, level designers, story writers, producers, directors, etc.

The first few months in a video design company is mostly spent learning the ropes. Typically, the first job of a video design graduate will be an internship or a job as a tester. Game testers play a specific part of the game over and over to try to spot and document any flaws or bugs in the game programs or graphics.

In conclusion, game design is a good career choice for ex-felons who are interested in video games and are creative, artistic and imaginative. To get a job in the gaming industry, you can study game design and then apply for a job in one of the top a game design or entertainment companies. There are many game design jobs for felons available because the industry is experiencing very rapid growth.

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Blogging Jobs – Generate Extra Cash Through Blogging

Blogging jobs sprout like mushrooms as the blogging phenomenon becomes a mainstream hype and had already built a strong audience. A blog is like an online diary where people put in ideas either for mere pleasure or business with the use of pre-designed templates and a simple navigational structure.

Blogs can help you generate income in a relatively easy way that is why a lot of people are rooting for it as an additional source of income, while others even make it as their full-time career. However, before you can even think of the prospect of generating cash online, you need first to create a carefully planned blog that you think you will excel. Of course, it is important that your main subject should be in the line of your interests so that it will be easier for you to create posts when you finally found a job.

The best way for you to find blogging jobs is by going to a particular website that does not have a blog site yet and tell them your proposal of creating a blog to promote their company. However, this can be very intimidating since you still have to prove your worth to these companies. An easier way to find blogging jobs is to use the different outsourcing sites that you can find online. In order for you to be placed on a certain job, you have to bid on the projects that you think you can provide a great service. It is necessary that you sell yourself to these sites but you should do it at the right price. Mention every now and then your availability so that the companies will have an idea as to when they can hire your services.

You can have as many blogging jobs as you like but it all depends on your skills and time management because blogging is relatively simple to do if you have the passion for writing.

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More Jobs Added, But Unemployment Goes Up? Welcome to Our New Reality

The US economy added 213,000 jobs in June, more than the 195,000 expected. Job numbers for May were revised up to 244,000 from 223,00. How is it then that unemployment jumped from 3.8% to 4.0%?

Welcome to the new reality where job gains are undone by an increase in labor force participation. It stood at 62.7% in May and rose to 62.9% in June. That 0.2% increase amounts to 601,000 folks who decided job prospects had improved enough to make it worthwhile.

What is worrisome is that, although we are close to the average labor force participation rate, it has averaged 62.99% since data compilation began in 1950, levels were much higher until recently. Throughout the 90's and up to 2002, the average was closer to 67% and only dipped slightly, to 66%, with the advent of the Great Recession. Since then, however, labor participation steadily dwindled until plateauing below 63% since 2014. If labor participation was ever to normalize, ie get back to pre-Financial Crisis levels, it would mean a jump of 9.6 to 12.6 million new entrants into the job market. At the current job creation rate it would take 4.5 to 6.0 years to assimilate those workers with unemployment rates jumping to 7% in the interim.

So, maybe the job picture is not as rosy as it is currently being painted. Certainly, the wages side of the equation is not that alluring to prospective entrants. Hourly wages only rose 0.2% from the prior month and 2.7% over the year. They rose 0.3% and 0.15% in May and April, respectively, over the previous month and 2.7% and 2.4% over the previous year. If labor markets were tight, as many pundits claim, wage pressures should be much higher. Back in March 2000, for example, when labor participation was around 67% and the unemployment rate stood at 4.1%, average hourly earnings rose 3.6% on a year to year basis. Likewise, in 2008, when the labor participation rate was 66% and unemployment was 4.9%, average hourly earnings rose 3.7%.

While not gangbuster wage growth numbers, however, they should allay the Fed's fears that wage pressures will lead to inflation growth above 2% anytime soon. Nevertheless, the "real" unemployment numbers should give Fed members pause. Maybe the job market and the economy are not as healthy as they surmise and perhaps caution is merited as they consider further rate increases. Instead, the June meeting minutes indicate the Fed considers conditions robust enough to remove accommodative language in their policy statement and that they should continue undaunted in raising the fed funds rate above the neutral level by next year.

About the only concern the Fed had was the flattening of the yield curve. Historically this is a harbinger for recessions, which led to a discussion regarding a recession lurking around the corner and global trade tensions as a potential cause.

Personally, I feel there is some stealthy, nefarious force behind those labor participation and wage numbers. My suspicion is that the demographic forces I have previously written about are at work here. And we should thread carefully on the economy's brake pedal until we can be certain of those forces.

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