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Re: RE: [css-wywiwyg] browser interpretation of css

From: Sebastian Zartner <sebastianzartner@gmx.de>
Date: Tue, 08 May 2012 06:54:57 +0200
Cc: www-style@w3.org
Message-ID: <20120508045457.17710@gmx.net>
To: Brian Manthos <brianman@microsoft.com>, coolcat_the_best@hotmail.com, jackalmage@gmail.com
> > I think we all already dreamt of a perfect web development world, in
> which all browsers are behaving the same.
> I would call this a horrible stagnant world, not a perfect one.
> Option A
> If you want all browsers to behave the same, rewind to V1 of the first 
> web browser and halt all innovation from there forward.  I think we'd 
> all hate that instance if it were forced on us in 2012.
> Option B
> Pick 1 vendor today and scrap all rest.  Now you have a monopoly where 
> all web browsers are behaving the same.  Seems like there's no financial
> incentive to innovate or invest in making that browser better.  Becomes 
> option A with a little more advancement.
> Option C
> Pick 2 vendors and have them collaborate heavily and merge.  Repeat 
> until you've produced option B.
> Did you have another option in mind?

My statement implied a pure hypothesis, in which web developers could rely on what they wrote will be interpreted exactly the same in every browser disregarding anything else.

Of course you're right that in the real world there's always competition, which leads to innovations.

Though actually what we're seeing now is not that far away from my hypothesis. Browser vendors, other companies and single people like us are already working together to build _one_ standard for the web.
The difference to the hypothesis is that browsers are not always interpreting the standard the same way because a) they don't keep to it, b) the standard is not precise enough or incorrect, c) there's a bug in the browser engine.
Anyway, the situation already improved a lot over the past few years. And I'm looking forward to what will come next.

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