Business as usual

Saturday, Aug 18, 2007, 22:55

Jeffrey Zeldman:

What exactly is the crisis in web standards? People assure me there is one. But they can’t be bothered to explain.

“What appears to be a crisis is often merely the end of an illusion.”

Can you remember a time at which web standards were an even remotely complete and accurate description of the workings of the existent web? Me neither.

The web has thrived anyway.

There is in fact a crisis; as Zeldman asserts, it is in fact not a crisis of the web. It is a crisis of web standards and has existed for as long as the web has existed. It hasn’t prevented the web from working, so we have grown accustomed to it. To the point that Zeldman fails to see it.