The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), along with other groups and standards bodies, has established technologies for creating and interpreting web-based content. These technologies, which we call “web standards,” are carefully designed to deliver the greatest benefits to the greatest number of web users while ensuring the long-term viability of any document published on the Web.
Designing and building with these standards simplifies and lowers the cost of production, while delivering sites that are accessible to more people and more types of Internet devices. Sites developed along these lines will continue to function correctly as traditional desktop browsers evolve, and as new Internet devices come to market.
Web standards are not fixed sets of rules, but are a constantly evolving set of finalized technical specifications of web technologies. Web standards are developed by standards organizations—groups of interested and often competing parties chartered with the task of standardization—not technologies developed and declared to be a standard by a single individual or company.
Web usability is the ease of use of a web site. Some broad goals of usability are the presentation of information and choices in a clear and concise way, a lack of ambiguity and the placement of important items in appropriate areas. Another big concern for usability is that the website is appropriate for all ages and genders.
This website was built with usability and accessibility in mind.
All images have an alt attribute to display to the user in case the image failed to load and links are named in a meaningful way.
I also made sure that the primary links in the site, which are the ones in the main menu, have a large click area for users who can't handle mouse with precision
The pages content were formatted in a way to give the user a sense of hierarchy so he'll able to scan the page more quickly and get the information he's looking for.
On the design side, by using color contrasts and white space I made it easy to distinguish one element from the other and texts are big enough to be read from the right distance from the screen.