Teresa Ovalle

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Web Standards Assignment

on September 7, 2014

I read Owen Briggs’ rant (his words, not mine) titled “So, Why Bother?” I couldn’t find a date, but I guess it was written in the early 2000’s because a couple of articles I read were all dated around the same time. This one stood out because Briggs was talking about why web standardization was so important.

This is a long quote, but dang, it’s good and truly (for me) sums up why web standards are so important. “The idea of HTML et al is a document markup language that would grow. Its architects saw we were going digital and sat back and took a long view. A very long view. They laid the foundation for a language that would work with all the conceivable technology of the time, and would be expandable to the unconceivable technology that would follow. So that documents would never be unretrievable due to age. Ever. A browser in 2050 would be able to read a 1994 document. And in 2094. And so on. They made a stand of cultural importance to the world.”

That’s just one quote. Brigg’s rant was an interesting read. He and his allies were smart and were thinking of the future – our now. Web standardization makes sense.

Think about everything we’re learning in Steve Krug’s “Don’t Make Me Think”. His book is all about web standardization and to monopolize on it. Brigg’s, and those like him, spread-headed web standardization by noting how important to the future it would be. Krug’s has taken what his predecessors struggled to achieved (standardization) and has shared the current standardizations with us.

That’s not to say that standardizations aren’t meant to be broken. But to break a particular standardization, the offender must know the standardization well enough to break it wisely.