Category Archives: standards

The Case Against Synchronous Worker APIs

Several times in the past few months I’ve been presented with this question: is it good or useful to provide synchronous APIs to web workers? Having considered the question at some length, it seems to me the answer must now be “no“. Consider IndexedDB. It’s not implemented in any browser yet, but some hard-working soul […]

Why What You’re Reading About Blink Is Probably Wrong

By now you’ve seen the news about Blink on HN or Techmeme or wherever. At this moment, every pundit and sage is attempting to write their angle into the annoucement and tell you “what it means”. The worst of these will try to link-bait some “hot” business or tech phrase into the title. True hacks […]

Reforming the W3C TAG

And so it has come to pass that W3C Technical Architecture Group (TAG) elections are afoot. Nominations have ended and the candidates have been announced. There are four seats open and nine candidates running, so it’s worth understanding why anyone should vote for the reformers (myself, Yehuda Katz, Anne van Kesteren, Peter Linss, and Marcos […]

Election Season

So election season is upon us — no, not that one — elections for the W3C’s Technical Architecture Group (TAG). You might be thinking to yourself “self, I didn’t know the W3C had such a thing…how very strange…I wonder what it does.” Also, you might be wondering why I’d bother to write about a perfunctory […]

Inadmissible Arguments

I spend a lot of time working in, on, and around web standards. As a part of this work, several bogus perspectives are continuously deployed to defend preferred solutions. I hereby call bullshit on the following memetic constructs: “That’s just a browser caching problem.” Look for this to be deployed along standards-wonk classics such as […]