Browser wars: Feels old school

Stepping back from your browser of choice; it just hit me how HTML5 has reignited the browser war, pushing innovation and making things feel old school again.

There’s nothing ‘old school’ about HTML5, or is there? Anyone remember the old dx filters in IE? rotate, flame text, etc – now it’s all about standards, but HTML will no longer have a ‘version’ number. To be frank, this scares me – I think it will end up harming innovation. Certain majority players see fit to implement what they want. Without a marketing slogan to drive for – I smell another recession of lame-duck browsers.

What IS old school is a familiar aura with each contender putting up an HTML5 demo page to show what it’s got (details start with this slashdot post.) to me this has a good, old-fashioned competitive feel that I think will decline like a hot rock once the initial “HTML5” support buzz has passed. I hope I’m wrong.

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