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Reigniting the Browser Wars

Dec 17, 2007, 23:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stuart Langridge)

"Alex Russell calls for a return to the browser wars, citing (among other things) the stagnancy of the W3C as a part of the problem, with the argument that browser makers are the ones who can innovate and they’'e being prevented from doing so by a slavish insistence on 'standards.' Meanwhile, Andy Clarke calls for the current W3C CSS Working Group to be immediately disbanded, Opera file an antitrust complaint against Microsoft, the HTML5 spec removes a recommendation for non-patent-encumbered video formats after pressure from Nokia and Apple, and all the old fights start up again. Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies. Rivers and seas boiling. Forty years of darkness. Earthquakes, volcanoes. The dead rising from the grave. Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together. Mass hysteria.

"Alex has a point. There is nothing but truth in the old saw that a camel is a horse designed by committee..."

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