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Any bulletin board software standards compliant?

Does anyone know if any of the popular 'out of the box' free bulletin board software packages (I'm thinking YABBSE, phpBB etc) are web standards compliant?
I don't need strict compliance (both little-s and big-s), but clean html IS required.

mark sanders
Thursday, December 11, 2003

PhpBB uses a templating system, so the quality of HTML is entirerely down to the style being used.

A combination of the styles demo[1] and view source should answer you questions quickly enough.

You can always implement your own style.

Ged Byrne
Thursday, December 11, 2003

The question I guess is - are there any downloadable styles for PhpBB that is standards compliant? I believe that the person is looking for an "ou-of-the-box" solution. Making your own template doesn't exactly sound "out-of-the-box" to me ;-).

Thursday, December 11, 2003

If standards compliancy is what you are looking for, then most of the popular BBs will be way overkill.

I find them both resource and html heavy. Look through for some lite ones. There are quite a few.

Friday, December 12, 2003


Any of the demod styles are  downloadable an can be installed in roughly 3 seconds:

1) Unzip the folder to the right location.
2) Set a couple of options on the Admin page.

I took a loot at the classic style, and that looked to be very clean and compliant.  Simple HTML with CSS.

Ged Byrne
Friday, December 12, 2003

Who cares? So long as it runs on IE, you've got 99% of your potential audience.

Is that extra 1% worth the hassle?

Mr Jack
Friday, December 12, 2003

I hope you're being ironic.

John Topley (
Friday, December 12, 2003

"Who cares? So long as it runs on IE, you've got 99% of your potential audience."

Go even further...  you can have a site run in IE, Mozilla, Opera, Safari (Konquerer) and still not be standards compliant!

In fact, some browsers (IE) will render fully standards compliant code in correctly anyway.

Almost Anonymous
Friday, December 12, 2003

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