Apple’s Future Vision Of The Web Promotes Open Standards, If You Use Safari That Is.

Editor’s Note: Michael Cooter is a network security engineer, as well as the writer of a great new Android-focused blog, Android Goodness.  In this guest post, he discusses how Apple’s views of web standards contradict their actions.

Apple’s presentation of “HTML 5 and Open Standards” has come under heavy criticism because Apple claims to promote open standards yet the HTML demos will only work with Safari.  

Snippets from the opening paragraph on the Apple.com/html5 showcase state their vision of the the future web:

These web standards are open, reliable, highly secure, and efficient.

Standards aren’t add-ons to the web. They are the web. And you can start using them today.

It is ironic to read “web standards are open and reliable” and then have non safari web browsers blocked.  Apple’s idea of “open” is anything but. On the other hand, Microsoft’s HTML 5 demo showcase at http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/ works fine with non Internet Explorer browsers, and Mozilla’s HTML 5 showcase http://hacks.mozilla.org/category/demo/featured-demo/ works with all the browsers I tested.

On twitter there has been quite a few tweets that mock the “openness” of the Apples vision of the future web, including some from some heavy hitters like Tim Bray, who recently has taken up a position at Google as a Developer Advocate focusing on Android.  Earlier in his career he co edited the XML standards.

He tweeted “I go to apple.com/html5 and click on the demos in anything but Safari (Ffox, Chrome) and see http://tbray.org/tmp/sh5.jpg Hm?”

Some feel that this is a publicity stunt to promote downloading of Safari, since some browsers like Google’s Chrome are based off Webkit, and should all be pretty equal in supporting HTML 5.


Please visit Michael’s blog, Android Goodness.

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2 Responses to Apple’s Future Vision Of The Web Promotes Open Standards, If You Use Safari That Is.

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  2. Mark says:

    Apple’s words rarely correspond with their actions. This isn’t the first example, and probably not the last either. Nice article.

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