office matsI learned something tonight. Actually, I’ve learned a lot. The new knowledge that I’ve gained has lent insight to things that I didn’t truly know about HTML, CSS, PHP, and everything else that entails with creating a website. Which is a good thing.

I spent most of my day today between writing and working on my website, while also doing whatever else needed doing here at home. Now, I must admit that I have always considered myself quite knowledgeable in all things that have to do with creating a website. Tonight, I came to the realization that I’m really not. I’ve a lot more that I need to learn.

I first taught myself how to write HTML and CSS back in 1999. Back then, we didn’t have to do much when it came to writing code. It was basic and so very simple and allowed us to create things that we thought would please others. Nowadays, HTML/CSS code writing is more complex. If you don’t get every inch of it correct, it throws your entire work off kilter and you end up having to start again from scratch.

When you create a website and do the coding yourself, you automatically think that what you’ve done is correct and that there’s nothing else that you need to do. So you take a moment and upload everything to see what you’ve created come together. On the outside, it may look as if nothing is wrong, but there is. You just don’t know it yet.

You see, whether you know it or not, when you sit down and create your own website coding, you’re prone to make an error. It may not show when you’re viewing your website, but it’s there. Trust me. I learned this little lesson tonight. And in all honesty, I’m very glad that I did. It’s allowed me to see my mistakes and correct them so that I can make my website the best it can be.

TurkReno, someone that I’d met via the video game, Final Fantasy XIV, that I play occasionally asked me earlier whether I had gotten my site validated yet. I’ve always meant to do so, but I’d never had the time. Since initially I had thought that I was due to work tomorrow, I’d decided that I’d work on validating my website after I got out of work. It turned out that I have the day off, thus I now had the time to work on validating my website.

I sat back down in front of the computer and began to run the pages through the WC3 Markup Validation Service, a website that TurkReno had graciously provided me with earlier in order to do so. What I saw was astounding.

My ‘perfect’ website was clearly not so perfect. There were errors in the HTML/CSS that prevented the website from looking exactly how I wanted it to look. It took me several hours to go through each of the pages correcting what was wrong, but in the end, every page passed.

I sincerely thank TurkReno for reminding me to take the time to make sure that the website was validated to ensure that it’s working as I intended it to. I’m quite content with the work that I’ve put into it. Yes, there’s more to be added to it in the future, but for now it’s perfect as it is and what I’ve learned I can continue to expand upon so that I can keep applying said knowledge to all of my future projects.