[whatwg] several messages about XML syntax and HTML5

Henri Sivonen hsivonen at iki.fi
Fri Dec 22 03:19:53 PST 2006

On Dec 21, 2006, at 15:06, Mike Schinkel wrote:

> Henri Sivonen wrote:
>> Google, Yahoo and MSN aren't in the business of enforcing a
>> standards- compliance agenda.
> Who is?

I may be missing something obvious, but I can't think of anyone who'd  
by in the business of enforcing Web standards per se. Depending on  
country, disability interest groups (what's the right term?) or  
governments may in the "business" of enforcing accessibility, which  
is related.

(I think I am not in the business of enforcing standards. I am in the  
business of developing a quality assurance tool.)

> And at the risk of sounding snarky, can you point me to a
> reference where is it codified that they are not (at least  
> partially) in the
> business of standards?

Using standards in their business and contributing to standards is  
different from having enforcement as part of business.

> P.S. Ian works for Google and he sure seems pretty adamant about
> standards...

Presumably, they care about moving Web apps forward. That doesn't  
mean their business includes *enforcing* standards by putting  
violators on the stocks.

I think this mailing list is not the right place to speculate what  
search engines could or won't do. I suggest pitching the enforcement  
ideas to search engine providers directly.

Henri Sivonen
hsivonen at iki.fi

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