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Chapter Three. The Trouble with Standards > Academics Versus Economics

Academics Versus Economics

Detached from the dog-eat-dog, dog-buys-other-dog's-company-only-to-put-it-out-of-business world, the W3C inhabits a contemplative space where it can focus on the web's potential instead of its competitive pressures. W3C activities are of geeks, by geeks, and for geeks, and its site reflects the group's emphasis on science over style or consumer-friendly ease of use.

The trouble is, designers, developers, and site owners care greatly about style and care even more about consumer-friendly ease of use. On their own sites, they would never intentionally publish difficult, arcane text that confuses readers; never willfully stick their most important content in out-of-the-way places; and never deliberately present their content in an unaesthetic, non-branded setting that encourages visitors to click the Back button.


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