"...the hope would be to allow a pool of information to develop which could grow and evolve...
" Information Management: A Proposal
is a brief technical paper first published on 12 March 1989. Within three years the author, Tim Berners-Lee, elaborated on the original proposal
and created the WorldWideWeb
. The W3C has launched a 25th anniversary
commemorative website to mark the paper's birthday, and Berners-Lee will be giving a TED talk this weekend about the web.
-- along with all regional name registries across the globe have decided to cede oversight and control by the US Government's Commerce Department. A new global multistakeholder Internet Cooperation is to be formed to take its place at the helm of Internet Governance. Press Release from ICANN
, Internet Governance Project article [more inside]
Web standards body W3C is considering a proposal to add Digital Rights Management to the next version of the HTML
5 standard. Internet pioneer Tim Berners-Lee is fine with this
. Others, like Cory Doctorow, have a different point of view
, claiming it will have far-reaching effects that are "incompatible with the W3C's most important policies". Others have called it "impractical and unethical
, the web browser engine used by Safari and Chrome, turning into IE6
? Concern is growing that reliance on proprietry CSS features
marked by vendor prefixes
could be breaking the web
The official W3C sanctioned HTML5 logo
So, what do you think of the new, official W3C HTML5 logo
? Or the official HTML5 t-shirt
The <video tag>
, as defined by the HTML5 spec, is an element "used for playing videos or movies". Which codec
those videos or movies are in is currently undefined, with the two contenders being the free open source Ogg Theora
and the proprietary H.264
. With the unveiling of Internet Explorer 9
both Microsoft and Apple are supporting H.264 in their browsers, and comparisons
of the standards seem to bear out H.264 as the better of the two. However Mozilla have taken a stance against incorporating H264 into Firefox on the grounds that it is patented and has to be licensed
. Arguments are now being made for
Mozilla sticking to its ideals. John Gruber
of Daring Fireball points out that Firefox already supports proprietary formats such as GIF. Um, perhaps not the best example
Scalable Vector Graphics
(SVG) - a sort of image format which records shapes and lines
instead of pixels
but it remains difficult to simply draw something in one of the available illustration tools
and display it on the web (without converting to a raster graphic as Wikipedia does
.) But hope for compatibility may be on the horizon: Microsoft has just joined
the W3C SVG Working Group. (previously
Only 4.3% of the web validates.
Opera have finished a scan and validation check of the net using their new MAMA
spider and have got an extremely interesting dataset
. Did you check your website today
Pentagon sets its sights on social networking websites
From the fine folks that brought you the
Total Terrorism Information Awareness
program, another wickedly-named branch of the NSA, the Disruptive Technologies Office
(formerly ARDA), is funding research into the usefulness of the Semantic Web
for combing through and profiling the 80 million members of MySpace.
When Wired News redesigned
as nearly standards compliant xhtml in fall of 2002, it was cause for a great deal of celebration. Since then other prominent sites like ESPN
have jumped on the standards bandwagon, as have countless personal sites. Today the SF Examiner launched a new site design
which does validate as xhtml
. More interesting to me are their category archives
and date archives
, which mimic a weblog's simple and useful layout. Heck, I even love the story pages
which feature large leaded text (space between lines - the amount of "double spaceness") which is also blog-like, and makes for comfortable reading. As far as I know, SF Examiner is the first, but will this start a new wave of bandwidth-saving, well-designed newspaper redesigns? [via veen
State of Validation 2003.
Off the 430 W3C members
, only 28 (6.5%) have sites that validate with the W3C validator
as either HTML or XHTML! This represents an increase in standards compliance of 75.7% from the year ago tests
. [via the big orange Z]
Unofficial competition to redesign w3c.org.
In early December last year the w3c.org homepage
released a redesign
using XHTML and CSS
. While everyone appreciated the cleaner use of markup the response was wholly underwhelming
and most felt the design did a disservice to CSS. ...hence the competition, duh.
State of the Validation 2002.
Off the 506 W3C members
, only 18 (3.6%) have sites that validate with the W3C validator
as either HTML or XHTML! 141 members' sites have definite markup errors. 342 members' sites don't even include the DTD, therefore they can not be tested. [via the big orange Z.]
The W3C's RAND Patent Policy
commenting deadline has been extended. At first glance, the new policies seem to encourage software patents, but after reading the whole thing and the W3C's response to current comments, it looks, to my admittedly naive eyes, as though the W3C is trying to make it so that companies using proprietary software are going to have
to make it available to other people for licensing. Why is this new structure potentially a bad thing?
W3C and Fee-based Standards for the Web
The last call review period is over today. If you have an opinion that needs to be heard by the W3C, get it to them now. At last check, they had received 396 comments
. What's your take on the proposed policy change? Will the W3C survive?
Third Voice may be gone but that ability will rise again,
time it's going to be open source. How soon before I can subscribe to the Winerlog
RDF stream annotating Scripting News
The web is ten years old today!
So how has it impacted our lives over the past decade? I'll point out that I am not working in a coffee shop to pay for my failing acting career. So there is one benefit right there (I make a lousy waiter than I do an actor). How has the web changed you life over the last decade? How has it changed society? Or just post your birthday wishes.
The W3C opens a can of whoopass on the browser manufacturers with this detailed list of bugs they'd like to see remedied
. Will this result in any changes whatsoever, or will Microsoft and Netscape continue to ignore what they should