Fri, 15 Jun 2007 12:34:00 +0800

Is the CSS working group irrelevent?

Ian Hixie thinks so...

...the problem of the CSS working group not being open. Many of the members of the CSS working group have a mentality that view the Web community (such as those who e-mail the www-style mailing list) as a resource, not as potentially equal members of the community...

Will we see a 'grass-roots' attempt at defining an alternative spec (what the WHATWG call 'CSS 5')?

My guess yes...

Kevin Lawver has posted already about the difficulty of being on the CSS-WG.

The CSS Working Group is in jeopardy of becoming irrelevant, and unless the group gets new blood and can open up, we're in real trouble.

Am I happy about the possibility of another non-w3c effort to define the standards? Not sure.


I am still concerned that HTML 5 will end up in favour or browser vendors, and that accessibility and semantics deemed 'irrelevant'. At least the WHATWG approach allows, open discussion and critisism - which is very commendable - I just hope that is enough.

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On the 13 April 2009, Rosemary Lynch wrote:

Looking good Billy Ray.

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