The Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group (WHATWG) and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) have decided to go separate ways. There is now a risk of a power struggle emerging over the HTML standard that could cause it to fork. Everybody that has to develop websites knows that energy and therefore money is wasted in accommodating how different browsers variably implement the features of different HTML standards. Forking the HTML standard could lead to two parallel webs. Even if it did not, it certainly would be more complex and expensive to implement for multiple versions of two living standards rather than one. Two parallel standards would inevitably stifle innovation with energy wasted on duplicated effort.

The thing that enables the really useful ‘world wide’ part of the World Wide Web, just like any other sophisticated undertaking, is standardisation. Standardisation is what enables and makes affordable complex undertakings requiring many specialists. Microsoft, Apple, and other influential players that could, have undermined standardisation efforts using their market dominance to their own advantage. Failure to regulate adherence to standards is what allows them to place their petty commercial self-interest above progress and the greater good. Some things can be left to choice, but others are too important and must be regulated. Adherence to a single HTML standard should be regulated across the world to ensure progress.

Relative size of big IT businesses

Last quarter revenue reported in billions of $:
Apple 46.333
IBM 24.7
Microsoft 20.885
Google 10.645

Interesting observations:
The iPhone was the biggest contributor to Apples revenue at 24.4. The next biggest was the iPad at 9.153.

6.279 of Microsoft’s revenue came from it business division with three other divisions between 4.2 and 4.8 but their on-line services made a 0.458 loss.

Advertising was responsible for 10.225 of Google revenue, 69% of which came from their own websites with 27% from their network member’s websites.

Apple’s profits are very dependent on two of its products. Google’s profits are highly dependent on advertising revenue from its own websites. Despite online services being well established, Microsoft is making a loss where others make money. IBM is largely out of the media eye, but it is still hugely profitable and has a diverse balanced range of interests that make it less susceptible to disruption.

Developers less interested in Android

This TechRadar article says a recent survey of 2,173 out of Appcelerator’s 280,000 mobile platform developers shows a decline of interest over the last year in developing for Android smartphones from 86% to 78% and for Android tablets from 75% to 67%. An Appcelerator spokesman thinks that the wide variety of versions of the OS in use is turning developers away. By contrast Apple’s approach of tightly controlling the hardware and OS reduces compatibility issues at the expense of choice.