The news that HTML5 is targeted to be released in 2022 came as the final nail in the coffin of the W3C and the current “Web Standards” movement for me. The W3C is dead, long live the W3C.
The fantastically hard to believe post by Ian “Hixie” Hickson, the lead editor of the HTML5 working group, says everything a developer needs to know about the state of the W3C today. The W3C has become a cancer to the cause of Web Standards, and it needs to be cut out of the equation. It is that simple.
Who the hell knows what the web will be like in 2022? Who even knows what technology the web will be primarily accessed through in 2022 - laptop, mobile, desktop, some new device we haven’t even got yet? The chances of a specification being relevant in another 14yrs are hideously low.
And Ian said of people’s protests at HTML5’s newly re-defined
This caused a firestorm of protest from so-called accessibility experts. So-called? These are the people on the WG you are talking about, get your act together, you sound like an idiot! Unfortunately this ass-backward, no-recent-real-world-experience, holier-than-thou attitude seems endemic at the W3C , as far as I’ve seen.