What's up with W3C?
dustin writes "Public outcry against the workings of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is growing. On Sunday, Björn Höhrmann announced his departure in a lengthy critique of problems at the W3C. Web standards champion Zeldman adds his comments as well: 'Beholden to its corporate paymasters who alone can afford membership, the W3C seems increasingly detached from ordinary designers and developers.'"
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The W3C seems to be going through some growing pains at the moment... The 'free as in freedom' open source hippies are *****ing about the fact it's big members are the 'evil corporations', the 'free as in beer' folks are balking at the price of joining 'the club', and site coders try to play nice, but at heart realize the W3C is about as doddering and toothless as the United Nations.
Which would make Firefox France, IE the United States, Opera would be Great Britain, and Safari would be the land of Oz.
Let the pissing contest begin.
So just like all "things that start with good intention" its gets infilitrated by corporate greed.
The problem I find is that standards are set, but up to now NOT ONE browser has 100% conformed to the standards in any point in their life-cycle. Is this because standards keep changing as new things come along or because browser designers don't give a rat's *** OR because web designers don't know their standards?
I assume that what happened at W3C is that they have tried to get the big boys on board for participation in the creation of standards, but that this has now backfired because the big boys worked themselves into a position, where they can dictate their preferances may it be MS Java or Sun Java (as an example), which puts you back at the original problem of creating stadards. It is a catch 22 situation. How can we solve this if standards are not enforcable?