The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has been the Web's governing body since the "Wild West" days of the mid-90s. It helped end the Netscape/Explorer "browser wars", but Web designers today are worried that the body's standards management process has slowed the pace of change down to dial-up speed, Wired reports.
Designers of cutting-edge new applications say that while it's important to keep standards, developers should experiment first and seek W3C approval later. Commentators credit the slow pace of change to the huge growth of the Web since the W3C's formation."This isn't just 20 geeks hammering out a code in the corner anymore," one said.