Web Standards still live

Lately there’s been a lot of talk about the end of free, downloadable, standalone versions of Internet Explorer. Some people shrug and say “Good riddance” while others start worrying about the future of the web. The WaSP now has an opinion on this: End of Free IE Not the End of Web Standards. I agree with the WaSP. This is not the end of web standards. It might even bring some good news. Many web developers will want to use the latest, greatest web browser that has the best standards support and the best tools to help them build great sites. And that browser will not be IE. Perhaps developers then can influence other people to try something new. Reducing the market share of IE would benefit everybody who uses the web (except lazy “web designers” who refuse to learn something new), since it will force more developers to follow existing, open standards, which in turn will make the web accessible to more people.

Posted on June 28, 2003 in Browsers, Web Standards