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June 27, 2009

HTML 5 and the Wizard of Oz

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Kyle Weems, the CSS Squirrel and author of the occasional and bizarre comic of the same name, targets his latest rendering at Ian Hickson:

Click-through to see the full comic. The related blog entry fleshes out the basic complaint some more:

Why is it that the person who is the center of this process is allowed to be a man who rejects consensus, actively denies issues (based on his own admitted policy) and substitutes expert advice in important areas like accessibility with analyzing data from the Google Index and parsing numbers? Numbers that we cannot have a third party confirm because every request to do just this is ignored?

There is no doubt in my mind that Ian is brilliant. However no man, no matter how brilliant, should be allowed to be so influential on a spec when he is bringing all this baggage to the table with him.

The number of grievances folks have with any standards process are legion, but wouldn’t life be more fun if they all came with comics?

(As I wrote this, Dion leaned over and said, “I used to work with Ian, I find it funny to think of anyone trying to control him.”)

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