January 20, 2005

Project just got bigger! Damn standards.

Well, I was happily working my way along over the last week, getting ready for my new project, reading lots and writing all the specs and stuff…all fine and well.

Then (as does happen with these things) someone has a bright idea, it's a good idea and initially seems sensible that we should try and integrate with an external partner, bringing great benefits to us from doing so. Great idea. However, that means we're going to have to start adopting some standards.

So, off to the web I go and get reading about the relevant standards. Turns out everyone loves that idea of this standard, but not that many people have implemented it. Now I know why. Hundreds of pages, literally hundreds of that damn things. Page and pages of specifications. It's horrible.

These big groups get together and write these tomes that specify every possible use case under the sun. 90% of people would make do with probably a third or so of the actual spec. Only problem is, to work out which third, you have to read it all. Yay!

So, what was going to be a slightly complicated, but simple to implement type project has just become a bit of a different beast.

Working better with the outside world is definately the way forward (I wish I had done it a bit more with BlogBuilder) as it will really future proof us (as long as more people take up the standard). It's just really hard!

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  1. Steve Rumsby

    These big groups get together and write these tomes that specify every possible use case under the sun.

    To be fair, that's the job of the standard. I've been on the other side of this, working on an ISO standard. Everything we put in there was necessary. In fact, lots of stuff that should have been in there got missed out simply because we weren't devious enough to think of such cases at the time! But trying to read the final product with little prior knowledge would be pretty much impossible.

    20 Jan 2005, 11:03

  2. Yeah, you're right of course. Doesn't make it any more fun for the poor buggers trying to implement them :)

    20 Jan 2005, 11:22

  3. The Web Standards Project ( blog )is a grassroots coalition fighting for standards that ensure simple, affordable access to web technologies for all. But I bet W3C can beat anyone for sheer bulk.

    Will you get a cute little picture to stick on the home page saying you are compliant with standards that enable individuals in a PVS to access the site without problem.

    20 Jan 2005, 12:29

  4. Nahhh, don't think they have any cute logos. Hadn't thought of that. Right, I'm not going to do it now. Not until I get a cute logo!

    20 Jan 2005, 13:42

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