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."

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@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: web.archive.org/web/2005021523

"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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