Break out the Blue Beanies, let’s celebrate web standards.

Today is the 6th Annual International  Blue Beanie Day! Let’s celebrate Web Standards, Best Practices, HTML, CSS, and all the other languages and technologies that make up the fantabulous “WWW” – the Internet!

Web standards guru, Jeffrey Zeldman, wore a blue fuzzy fez on the cover of his book, Designing With Web StandardsWorn on this day, it symbolizes that you support the Web Standards Project and the ongoing effort to wrangle every one else to comply with these standards as well. It also makes a statement that you agree and are willing to design websites using best practices.

“Standards keep the web from fragmenting into tiny fiefdoms best viewed with a particular browser or plug-in only. Web standards keep our content portable and accessible across platforms, devices and operating systems. Each November 30, we celebrate. You wonderful people can help spread the word.”

-Jeffrey Zeldman

I won’t bore you with all the boring, nerdy details of what web standards and best practices are exactly. All you need to know is that it’s all good, but if you really want to find out, have a look at Zeldman’s page. There are a lot of good links to check out.

If you really want to show off your support for web standards,  Take a self-portrait wearing a blue beanie (toque, tuque, cap) and upload it to the Sixth International Blue Beanie Day 2012 – flickr pool! on Flickr.

And maybe Jeffrey will favorite you’re  photo like he did me last year!

janell gets a zeldman favorite

You can also upload your photo to Instagram, and announce it on Twitter using the hashtag #bbd12. For extra fun, add a blue beanie to your social network avatar on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Flickr, etc.

Thanks for supporting web standards!