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Obsolescence and W3C

On the heels of the of the first call for comments on Web Forms 2.0, comes a News.com story touches on the issues behind that specifications development. Although the article focuses on Office documents, PDFs, Flash, and RSS the so-called Web standards face a similar problem. With XHTML, SVG, and XForms still born, and real progress being made by WHATWG, the W3C is risking obsolescence. (Ian Hickson writes a bit more about this in his latest posting, too.)

By the way, WHATWG member Dean Edwards has recently released a couple of clever experiments that show IE can support “valid” XHTML. Check out these files: