What are Web Standards?
Standards are rules and methodologies
that make building things easier.
And the results better.
Open vs Closed Standards
Open Standards are made by the
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) in
public, through debate & discussion,
leading to agreement.
Closed Standards are made by a single
company, in secret, according to the
business needs of that company.
Importance of Open Standards
The Web works everywhere
The Web is the platform
“... extending the language to better support Web
applications, since that is one of the directions the Web
is going in and is one of the areas least well served by
HTML so far.
This puts HTML in direct competition with other
technologies intended for applications deployed over the
Web, in particular Flash and Silverlight.”
Ian Hickson, HTML5 editor