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Why Standards Fail | Zeldman on Web & Interaction Design
An old (2000) essay by CSS co-creator Bert Bos, ostensibly written to explain the principles behind W3C standards development, actually sheds light on what separates great design from the muck we normally wade through. It also serves as a warning to Bert's fellow W3C wizards not to seek the dark magic of abstract purity at the expense of the common good. Tragically for these wizards and we who use their technologies, it is a warning that many developers of W3C specifications continue to overlook.