Business case for Web standards Wiki

For most people who have learned how to use Web standards it is obvious that there are a number of business benefits associated with using Web standards to build websites.

Unfortunately it may be hard to argue for the use of Web standards, if the person on the other side of the table does not understand your arguments. It can be hard to convince business stakeholders when you don't speak their language. I've been there, as I'm sure most other Web standards advocates have (though I meet much less resistance now than a few years ago).

But the next time you or I find ourselves in a discussion or meeting where we need to justify using Web standards, we can use some of the arguments that are presented on The business case for web standards Wiki.

Christian Heilmann started this Wiki to provide Web standards proponents with a repository of good arguments that we can use when we need to convince someone that using Web standards is a good idea. Christian writes a bit about the reason for starting the Wiki in The business case for web standards - call for wiki participation.

One thing in particular that I like about this is that there isn't only room for the arguments for using Web standards. Common counterarguments are also listed, which is good since being aware of those arguments lets you prepare good replies to them in case they are used.

I think this is a very good idea. If we all try to find some time to add to the Wiki, we should be able to turn it into a great resource that will be especially useful to those of us who aren't yet lucky enough to avoid these discussions most of the time.

Posted on June 19, 2007 in Web Standards