Standardization Stifling Change: Web Designers

W3C brokered 'browser wars' but now seen as roadblock to change
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 20, 2007 11:56 PM CST
The W3C aims to make it so Web pages should look and behave the same on every computer, regardless of browser. Web designers still see that as important, but they argue that for innovation to happen,...   (Flickr)
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(Newser) – 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.