echo "hey, it works" > /dev/null

just enough to be dangerous

Browser wars and crappily broken web sites


There's recently been a lot of noise about a return to the browser wars (Alex Russell, Jeff Croft, Stuart Langridge, James Bennett). The point being that standards take eons to complete and standards bodies aren't the right people to be inventing cool stuff for us to use on the web, it's us and the browser makers that should be creating the cool stuff for the standards bodies to codify. Ok, that all sounds great (albeit an incredible simplification of a multifaceted issue). So, let's go out and push that envelope.

In order for the future to be better by a large amount, it must be different by a large amount.

Of course Alex Russell's comment above is obviously true. There are plenty of people out there pushing boundaries, creating the future. The thing that concerns me is that there is a significant crowd of developers who use arguments against the cool-stuff-limiting effects of obsessive validation to dismiss validation completely.

"Hey, your web site is broken."
"Meh, read this."
"Um, but your site is broken in stupid, careless and lazy ways. You're not pushing any boundaries here, and you're damaging accessibility and the users' experience."
"Pfft."

The W3C Cannot Save Us


To get a better future, not only do we need a return to “the browser wars”, we need to applaud and use the hell out of “non-standard” features until such time as there’s a standard to cover equivalent functionality. Non-standard features are the future, and suggesting that they are somehow “bad” is to work against your own self-interest.

Corrupt countries were more likely to support the OOXML document format | EFFI.org


During the voting process the reputation of ISO as a dependable technical standardization organization was questioned. For example, in Sweden a Microsoft representative was caught offering to recompense partners for voting yes to OOXML. Also a sudden interest from countries like Ivory Coast to the OOXML issue has been found suspicious.We studied the relation between the corruption level and voting behaviours of the countries. We found that more corrupted the country is, the more likely it was to vote for the unreserved acceptance of the OOXML standard proposal.