To hell with web standards February 12th, 2010
Ian Hickson (emphasis added): Someone whom I can’t identify publicly, since he posted only on one of the secret W3C member lists, contributed to the following thread […] Net result: the latest publication of HTML5 is now blocked by Adobe, via an objection that has still not been made public […] Secret W3C member lists? Anonymous holds? What is this, the Senate? Some might say this is Adobe’s fault. Bullshit: what possible purpose could secret lists and anonymous holds offer except to allow – no, to condone – this behavior.…
Hooray for standards April 9th, 2009
Hey, look, it’s a new W3C site. Hm: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd"> Ooh, XHTML… $ curl -sI http://beta.w3.org/ | grep 'Content-Type' Content-Type: text/html; charset=utf-8 Heh.
Descriptivists and Prescriptivists January 13th, 2009
In the world of grammarians there are two competing camps: descriptivists and prescriptivists. Edward Finegan of the University of Southern California sums up the difference: Descriptive grammarians ask the question, “What is English (or another language) like – what are its forms and how do they function in various situations?” By contrast, prescriptive grammarians ask “What should English be like – what forms should people use and what functions should they serve?…