Christian Heilmann


Monday, June 27th, 2005 at 10:24 pm

Over at the webaim forum, James Pickering has brought up the topic of ISO HTML once again. Check his post for the differences between HTML and ISO-HTML. It is an intriguing concept, as ISO is a standard every business owner understands, rather than a W3C guideline. However, the strictness of it will be its downfall. Most of all, I was very confused and annoyed by the bit about scripting:

Scripting is not yet considered to be sufficiently stable and mature to be included in an International Standard, so the HEAD [W3C 7.4.1] element content model does not include the SCRIPT[W3C 18.2.1] element.

More about the ISO HTML standard can be learnt from the ISO HTML user guide. If you manage to achieve it, you can add yet another cool badge to your page:

valid iso 15445 badge

Makes one wonder why nobody bothers advertising ISO 9241 - Usability compliance.

On a lighter note, if you are also enraged and scared by the ambiguity of some programming and scripting languages when it comes to variable formats and testing, PPL - the Paranoid Programming Language might be just your cup of tea. Speaking of which, the kettle whistles…

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