Modern Web Standards

Mark Nottingham

Modern Web Standards

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Why are Web Standards Important?

An Information Space and application platform that is...


User Agent

"Neutral Broker" that makes meaningful guarantees to users:

Web pages are guests on our computers.

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The WHATWG was founded by individuals of Apple, the Mozilla Foundation, and Opera Software in 2004, after a W3C workshop. [They] were becoming increasingly concerned about the W3C’s direction with XHTML, lack of interest in HTML and apparent disregard for the needs of real-world authors.

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Web Standards is Trying to Put Itself Out of Business.

Web Components

Succeeding in Web Standards

Start Small.

E.g.,

Build Relationships.

Standards are social; face-to-face time is important.

Be Patient.

Timescales in standards are long; in fact, they are never done.

Stay Backwards Compatible.

The Web is huge; don't break existing content. Progressive Enhancement through extensibility is a primary tool.

Standards Do Not Guarantee Success.

Running code wins - there are no standards police.

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