Comments for Standards Are Insurance September 21, 2011 You hit the nail with the definition, yet - hoping W3C will care to reform itself (and defy Parkinson's law) is very.. optimistic ;) Yes, thank you. That makes sense. I always say "Standards are weapons in the hands of the losers," which is more-or-less true on mobile. Standards as insurance nicely complement my approach: the current losers want to draw on the insurance and thus enter a standards-supporting phase. I will steal your idea for my own use.