Posted by Laurence Moroney, Developer Advocate
“Without standards, things don’t work right,” said Alex Danilo, a Googler
working on the HTML5 specs, trying to help us all build a better web.
In 1999, the Mars
Climate Orbiter mission failed because of a bug, where onboard software
represented output in one standard of measurement, while a different software
module needed data in a different format. Alex discusses many other examples of
how the lack of industry standards can result in problems, such as early rail
systems having different gauge
widths in different states, impeding travel.
Alex works with the Web Platform
Working Group, whose charter is to continue the development of the HTML
language, improving client-side application development, including APIs and
He shares with us details of the upcoming HTML 5.1, a refinement of HTML 5, showing
us the great validator tool that makes it
easier for developers to ensure that their markup is meeting standards, and the
test the web forward initiative to
help uncover bugs and compatibility issues between browsers.
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