Browsers can turn web standards into works of fiction

Friday, 29 May, 2009

Ian Hickson, editor of the HTML 5 specification, warns that browser manufacturers could yet render it a work of fiction should they offer insufficient support for the new spec.

The reality is that the browser vendors have the ultimate veto on everything in the spec, since if they don’t implement it, the spec is nothing but a work of fiction. So they have a lot of influence – I don’t want to be writing fiction, I want to be writing a spec that documents the actual behaviour of browsers.

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