How Soon We Forget
I was struck by two passages in the write-up of the summit on the O’Reilly Network site. First:
The summit saw little or no interest in any sort of Ajax standard. [Adaptive Path’s Jesse James] Garrett noted that “the consensus of the group was that there are too many people trying to solve too many problems in too many environments for there to be one standard.” As such, he sees no universal Ajax toolkit forthcoming, possibly ever. “The variety and needs of Ajax developers are too diverse.”
Yeah! Ajax developers are wild, man! Standards? They don’t need no stinking standards!
… followed shortly by:
Back on the wider web, Ajax is being driven by a desire for cross-browser compatibility.
By running away from the one way we’ve found so far that actually works to encourage cross-browser compatibility — open standards, openly arrived at — Ajax is fostering cross-browser compatibility?
The future is bright — it’s just the people that are dim, I guess.