I have an addiction. I can’t help but view source on every nice looking website I see. It’s like if you had x-ray glasses that allowed you to see any person you ever saw in their underwear at will. How could you not?
It’s just so tempting to see if a beautiful website is built with beautiful code as well, or if it’s beauty if only skin-deep. Code? Beautiful? Sure. After all, Code is Art. This is just HTML, so it can’t be quite as intricate and elegant as a dynamic language, but it still bears the brush strokes of it’s creator and there is craftsmanship abound.
Since I also have this addiction, I thought I would share his article with with you. He makes a number of points:
- DOCTYPE Properly Declared
- Tidy Head Section
- Body IDed
- Semantically Clean Menu
- Main Div for all Page Content
- Common Content INCLUDED
- Code is Tabbed into Sections
- Proper Ending Tags
- Hierarchy of Header Tags
- Content, Content, Content
- No Styling
He includes a neat graphic image and you can download the entire thing in pdf format. Check out What Beautiful HTML Code Looks Like and see what YOU think.