The web wasn't lost by people posting baby pictures to Facebook. The web was lost when Google leveraged market dominance to enact a complete abrogation of web standards -- since the HTML 'standard' is now a 'Living Document,' the standard is "do whatever Chrome does," which is an unattainable goal.

There are four voting members of WHATWG. Two of them use Google's web rendering engine. A third is entirely financially dependent on Google. The other one is Apple. Who speaks for you? Nobody.


It's very reductionist to simply blame Google for this. How many browsers are based on Chromium? Microsoft Edge? Brave? Opera? Vivaldi?

@ScottMortimer How many of those vendors are represented in standards bodies? How many of them participate in the CA/Browser forum?

If you want to see reduction, you should check out the list of companies contributing to web standards development.

Of course I'm oversimplifying in a three-hundred character post, but no other company has conducted warfare against the open web as persistently, thoroughly, resourcefully, or successfully as Google.

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