Ugh! I thought Resilient Web Design by Jeremy Keith had given me a source to cite for the concept of "universiality" I'm promoting via Rhapsode, Haphaestus, etc.

But when I try to find the W3C's original page on the subject, chasing citation after citation, I end up at a 404! Like they gave up on it.

Anyways from their Mobile Best Practices:

"One Web means making, as far as is reasonable, the same information and services available to users irrespective of the device they are using."


@arjen Yup, the Internet Archive has the page going back to 2005!

These goals are very much what I want to see from the web, even if I don't think they're satisifed now:

"One of W3C's primary goals is to make these benefits available to all people, whatever their hardware, software, network infrastructure, native language, culture, geographical location, or physical or mental ability."

@arjen This page disappeared in 2011 when the W3C moved away from a wiki to dedicated branding with proper navigation. Overall a nice site upgrade, even if it doesn't follow their own advice about not breaking links!

@alcinnz @arjen Funny the discrepancies between what is written and what actually is. W3C rep (from the stage) when I questioned him at the Privacy and Sustainable Computing Lab opening conference I was speaking at at the Vienna University of Economics and Business alongside Paul Nemitz etc.: “The W3C is a corporate entity. We’re funded by and represent the interests of our corporate members.”

@aral @arjen To be fair, it's no longer written on their site since 2011.

@alcinnz @aral W3C followed the Web, ever more a business infrastructure than a public good.

@arjen @aral All I can say: I'll see what I can do about that, and I invite others to do likewise!

And you know what, I quite like W3C's specs from the era of XHTML2, RSS, CSS3, etc. But ever since WHATWG formed & pushed HTML5 I reckon the standards went downhill.

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