Recognizing the need for a standard method for creating, interpreting, and rendering web-based content, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has designed specifications which, when followed, will ensure that a web page displays as the developer intended regardless of the browser being used.

For example, the W3C has established guidelines around the HyperText Markup Languages (HTML), eXtensible HyperText Markup Language (XHTML), Document Object Model (DOM), and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) technologies, commonly used to develop web pages, specifying exactly how a browser should interpret that code. The goal is to eliminate the need to use any particular browser in order to view a particular web site, freeing users from being "forced" to use a browser not of their choice and allowing developers to code one version of their site as opposed to several different ones specific to the browser used to access it.

Generally speaking, all recent/modern versions of all major browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome) are considered to be W3C-compliant, in that they conform to the set-forth standards and should deliver a consistent web experience across browsers. Examples of two W3C-compliant browsers include Internet Explorer 7 and higher and Firefox 4 and higher.

For more information regarding web standardization, refer to the Web Standards Project (WaSP) and World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) websites.

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