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Is HTML in a Race to the Bottom? A Large-Scale Survey and Analysis of Conformance to W3C Standards
March/April 2008 (vol. 12 no. 2)
pp. 76-80
Patricia Beatty, University of Alberta
Scott Dick, University of Alberta
James Miller, University of Alberta
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) promulgates the HTML standards used on the Web, but it has no authority to enforce the adoption of one standard in favor of another. In this environment, developers have some incentive to ignore up-to-date W3C standards given that the transitional versions of HTML 4.01 and XHTML 1.0 offer most of the capabilities of the newer ones but are less stringent in their requirements. If most Web sites migrate to these "transitional" standards and remain there, future versions might be mere academic exercises for the W3C.

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Index Terms:
Web development, Web publishing, XHTML document types, Internet standards, W3C
Citation:
Patricia Beatty, Scott Dick, James Miller, "Is HTML in a Race to the Bottom? A Large-Scale Survey and Analysis of Conformance to W3C Standards," IEEE Internet Computing, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 76-80, March-April 2008, doi:10.1109/MIC.2008.37
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