Web Standards News & Analysis
| Thursday Mar 26, 2015
What the web has always lacked is a reliable and secure way to identify you.
Sure, there are ways for you to log onto services, and there are servers in the business of letting you borrow their login mechanisms. But that’s just for letting you in the front door.
What about when a commercial site wants to know something about you?
| Thursday Nov 14, 2013
A closely followed Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) meeting in Vancouver last week took an anticlimactic and mysterious turn. Committee members failed to reach a consensus on an important component of the new web-based communications standards called WebRTC.
RTC stands for Real Time Communication. The stakes are high because several large technology vendors with large communications businesses went into the meeting jostling for position of their respective video streaming technologies.
| Tuesday Nov 5, 2013
Right now, a bunch of nerds on the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) in Vancouver are making big decisions about the next big wave in web communications standards. And these decisions will have a big impact on some of the largest technology companies, for many years to come.
| Tuesday Aug 27, 2013
Everyone’s on the move these days -- the mobile Web movement that is. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is, too, and is adding more depth to its mission for increased Web technology for mobile apps.
| Wednesday Jul 10, 2013
Wouldn’t life be easier if the customer data from website transactions was standardized? That’s the idea behind an effort from an industry group that includes Adobe, Google, IBM and Best Buy.
| Thursday Jan 3, 2013
What does 2013 hold for the future of HTML5? If predictions by industry analysts are correct, mobile will be its calling card. And rightly so -- HTML5 has the power to help smartphones, feature phones, tablets, notebooks, desktop PCs, televisions and vehicles come together through cloud services.
| Thursday Jul 26, 2012
There’s not really much you can do about web tracking, so you might as well figure out how you can take advantage of it.
This was the theme of Web Tracking for You, a session at the tenth Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas presented by Gregory Fleischer.
| Tuesday Jun 19, 2012
Twenty-first century technology may be considered our servant, but the question of who exactly it serves is one that is coming up more and more as we advance into the Internet age. As far reaching in so many people’s lives as the Web tends to be, fundamental questions about privacy have not yet been answered.
| Thursday Jun 14, 2012
If you have ever thought, “If I was defining standards, I would have never done it that way.” Here is your chance. Open standards organization the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) announced it is accepting participants for its newly created technical committee, the OASIS Open Data Protocol (OData) Technical Committee. The committee will be responsible for developing the first OASIS version of the OData standard.
| Thursday Jun 14, 2012
Although the standards organizations are notoriously slow, somehow, it can seem almost impossible to keep up with long list of technologies the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) suggests, develops and approves. If you’ve been wishing for some sort of quick guide to the many standards the organization has developed, today’s your lucky day.
| Wednesday May 2, 2012
Mobile is a rapidly evolving medium, with a constantly expanding range of devices. As a result, designing for mobile sites can be particularly challenging -- even more so given the need to keep your brand strong by maintaining cross-channel consistency.
| Wednesday Nov 2, 2011
OpenSocial is to Google as OpenGraph is to Facebook. Some might say that’s all you need to know about OpenSocial 2.0. But as leading technologists and innovators takes sides for and against it, there is much more to the story.
| Wednesday Sep 28, 2011
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is holding its first ever conference in November. If you're interested in the latest news on HTML5 and the open web platform, mark your calendars and book it to Seattle.
| Friday Sep 9, 2011
This year, almost every browser implemented a "do not track" feature, prompted by privacy-conscious consumers and the Do Not Track list proposed by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. Now the concept is gaining even more support. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has announced a standardization effort for user web privacy.
| Tuesday Aug 23, 2011
How do you use Stumbleupon? The discovery engine is reportedly responsible for delivering more than half of all social media referral traffic in the U.S. -- even more than Facebook and Twitter. What does this mean and why should you care?