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Standards vs. Practices

Brian Kelly worries that the W3C is making itself obsolete, and writes well of the perpetual (?) battle between perfect standards focused on close-bracketed compliance and sloppy practices focused on getting things done. (This is related to the article in my newsletter about HTML5.)

Along the way he cites Molly Holzschlag, who writes: “It’s not the specs that define Web Standards. We are talking about best practices.”

The contention between standards and best practices so far has been quite fruitful. Fortunately, it’s unlikely to end any time soon. [Thanks to Seb Schmoller for the link.] [Tags: ]

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