Nixsys Public Access UNIX System

Nixsys PAUS Standards Compliance:

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Overview

Sometimes, standards offer means of conformance that are beneficial to more than one group of people. Once (and still, to some extent), creating web sites using one method of authoring the code was nearly impossible. Over time, web developers grew weary of designing web sites to function properly in different versions of different browsers on different platforms. Very slowly, authors of web browsing software began to understand the benefits of designing their browsers to interpret a web site's code according to the standards adopted by the W3C. Now, due to this (r)evolution of thought and practice, authoring a website to be cross-browser compatible is extremely simple, provided the author chooses a design standard and ensures that the design is valid.

XHTML 1.1

The standard of XHTML 1.1 was chosen for use on Nixsys PAUS, not because it's the most bleeding edge technology that's widely supported, but because this standard has been available, free, to the public for quite some time now. It is time developers start adopting this standard for use and also for browser authors to do the same. Every page included in the website has been checked and validated as XHTML 1.1 by the W3C HTML Validator.

Valid XHTML 1.1!

CSS

The standard of CSS allows designers to separate the visual presentation (style) from the code (markup). When added to a template system, the use of stylesheets expedites and facilitates the design process, as site-wide changes can be made by editing one file. The stylesheet on this website has been checked and validated as CSS by the W3C CSS Validator.

Valid CSS!

Text-based Browser Accessibility

Some web sites have separate "text only" interfaces to support text-based web browsers and / or archaic browsers that don't support web standards very well. This site has no need for a separate text only interface, as the existing one functions just fine in text-based browsers. This website has been tested with all the programs listed in the World-Wide Web Browsers Section of this site.
Lynx friendly

WML

Most of the content of this site is accessible to WAP enabled devices, such as cellular telephones, PDAs, and other wireless devices using the WML 1.3 standard. Some content cannot currently be offered to wireless devices. Having this information available is helpful, as some people travel regularly. Also, there is no need to limit the access of this site to HTTP.

The WML decks were tested with wApua, a WAP user agent, which emulates the functionality of WAP enabled devices. The maximum file size for the WML decks is 1300 bytes, as to better support a wider range of WAP enabled devices. Many newer wireless devices support a much larger deck size, but since the focus is accessibilty, smaller decks will suffice until larger deck sizes are more common.If anyone has the ability to test these decks in other wireless devices and is willing to provide feedback, the administration of this system would very much appreciate it.
WAP enabled

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