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WaSP asks: you!

June 08, 2004

Web Standards Survey — the Web Standards Project wants to know what you think about web standards.

WaSP is a popular resource for people of many backgrounds, but until now we’ve had no clear way of knowing who it is we serve, and who we need to be devoting more attention toward. Take a moment to go complete the survey and tell us what standards mean to you, how you’re using them, and what you’d like to see WaSP focus on.


Reader Comments

1
June 08, 11h

I tried submitting the form, but I got an error page. Anyone else getting that problem?

2
June 08, 11h

It worked just fine for me…

3
June 08, 12h

Indeed, it seems to be fine now.

4
Trent says:
June 09, 04h

I think this survey is a good way to get some general feedback, but I hope the WASP people realize their polling technique is totally biased. Most people who respond to the survey will already be using, or are familiar with, web standards.

Why?

Well, who is going to link to this survey? Sites about web standards, such as Mezzoblue. Nothing wrong with that, but has WASP made any effort to get the opinions of the general web development public? Perhaps a posting on Slashdot would help.

5
June 09, 10h

I agree with the point Trent has outlined. Only people actively interested in Web standards will visit the site. I didn’t seem to be able to find a place on the page to “say what I want to say” to them. The only [textarea] available to me was to type in what you would like to see at their site; I typed my thoughts into it instead. Here’s the basics of what I said:

Microsoft should not be allowed to release another version of Internet Explorer if it does not have proper support for the latest Web standards. They, and everyone else, knows they have something like 90% market share. There are various work-arounds for CSS and even HTML techniques to get around the errors and bugs or just non-standard parts of IE’s code. When will they learn?

6
phnk says:
June 11, 03h

Alas, James, web standards are not legally binding. Microsoft will do what they want to, which I would describe this way :

- create lock-in phenomena by providing a browser you cannot uninstall
- create network negative externalities (such as “IE optimized” sites) by having a non-compatible browser

See what I mean ? There are two web standards :

1- the formal, W3C backed-up-by-ISO-and-ISOC ones
2- the informal, de facto standards, and Explorer is their name

What I posted in my own open-question form goes in the same direction as Trent’s remark. You can read my WaSP survey opinion here : http://phnk.com/blog/index.php?2004/06/11/57-wasp-survey

The first part of the post is in French, just skip it, my opinion is written in English.