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First of all, you should go to this site to read about the ten reasons you should learn and use web standards.  Next, you should travel to DNNCreative website to read an article by Stuart Colville entitled Become a better Standardista. Finally, you should travel to the Wrox site to read the Wrox Blox that Cuong Dang wrote on DotNetNuke and Web Standards.

Many companies need to sell to upper management why they should have a DotNetNuke site and web standards often comes up in this conversation. Cuong starts off by stating that the DotNetNuke team is working hard to push for a standard compliant framework with the release of DotNetNuke version 5 which is currently available for download at the DotNetNuke site.

The Blox then goes into a definition of Web Standards and the benefits of using them. This information can be found on several sites including the W3C site which would give you the most current information about web standards.

The article then starts to talk about web standards and DotNetNuke programming.  This is why you need to get this blox. Cuong reviews HTML vs XHTML along with discussion on what DOCTYPE you should use for your project.  In addition, he talks about CSS and DotNetNuke Skinning. Finally, he'll walk you through developing an example skin for your site.

The best part of this blox is the discussion about navigation and the difference between the DNNMenu and the HouseMenu. 

The article closes by Cuong sharing his recommendation for module development and standards.

This is a good read and well worth the price because Cuong knows his stuff.

Here is his bio:

Cuong Dang is the Marketing Creative Director overseeing the product user interface and on-line marketing at Engage Software. This position was created because of his talent in enhancing the user experience by bridging the gap between technology and the general audience.
With more than four years experience with web standards, Cuong currently works with clients of all sizes, from small businesses to large corporations. His primary roles include creating and assisting with modules and web site usability. Since Engage became an Official DotNetNuke Training Provider, Cuong has started providing instruction on DotNetNuke skinning and module UI for business professionals. He was a technical reviewer for DotNetNuke Skinning Tutorial, a book published in May 2008 by PACKT Publishing Company. Cuong is a frequent speaker for DotNetNuke User Group meetings in St. Louis and a featured speaker for OpenForce North America and Tulsa TechFest.
In addition, he has extensive experience working with businesses in Southeast Asia. Prior to joining Engage Software, he was the Business Development Executive at Minh Phuong Co., Ltd. in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Because of his international business experience, Cuong was invited to be a frequent speaker for Maryville University MBA students about global marketing and management, focusing on the Southeast Asia region.
Cuong graduated from Maryville University of Saint Louis with a background in Marketing and Management with a focus on international studies.

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