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Test Driven Progressive Enhancement and Web Standards 2008: Three Circles of Hell

Test-Driven Progressive Enhancement

by Scott Jehl · 24 Comments

Starting with semantic HTML, and layering enhancements using JavaScript and CSS, is supposed to create good experiences for all. Alas, enhancements still find their way to aging browsers and under-featured mobile devices that don't parse them properly. What's a developer to do? Scott Jehl makes the case for capabilities testing.

Web Standards 2008: Three Circles of Hell

by Molly E. Holzschlag · 63 Comments

Q. Why did the semantic web cross the road?
A. @#$% you.

Standards promised to keep the web from fragmenting. But as the web standards movement advances in several directions at once, and as communication between those seeking to advance the web grows fractious, are our standards losing their relevance, and their ability to foster an accessible, interoperable web for all?

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