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Links 02/21/2009

February 21, 2009
  • I recently attended the excellent “Web Directions North” conference, and the opening keynote by Dan Connolly of the W3C really brought into clarity something that’s been gestating in my mind for awhile now. Dan was editor of the original HTML 1.0 specification and began his keynote by explaining that he is a tinkerer who likes to look at specs and read BNF — he then asked for a show of hands of people who can read BNF. Shockingly, only a few hands went up.
    At first glance, Dan’s statements could be seen as a sort of boastful way of pointing out how “elite” he is. But I didn’t take it that way, and he quickly put that idea to rest by describing how the W3C didn’t want to take on JavaScript as a spec, since “it wasn’t in our core competence”. Dan’s comments highlighted an important trend in our industry — that normal people are no longer comfortable reading specs. This is a tragedy, IMO, and the blame rests squarely on the shoulders of specification authors.

    tags: standards

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