canopic jug writes:
Tim Berners-Lee approved Web DRM yesterday, but W3C member organizations have two weeks to appeal. This was the controversial Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) standard for the WWW known as Encrypted Media Extensions (EME). The last opportunity to stop EME is an appeal by the Advisory Committee of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). An appeal would then trigger a vote from the whole Committee to make a final decision to ratify or reject EME. As an added difficulty Tim Berners-Lee heads the Advisory Committee.
Also at Techdirt and EFF. W3C's "Disposition of Comments for Encrypted Media Extensions and Director's decision".
If you foul up your attempt at a web page badly enough that it doesn't work in a text browser, it's not a web page at all.
Ah, the old "no true web page..." fallacy.
If your web page won't work at all in a text-only browser, it won't work in a blind person's screenreader.
That's a fail.
I have repeatedly noted here how some pages don't Degrade Gracefully.It's a concept that every wannabe web developer should be taught on Day 1.
Add all the bells and whistles you want AFTER the -basic- page works in ANY browser....and if that extra stuff doesn't work in someone's browser, add some code explaining what's supposed to happen and why it's not working for that visitor.
N.B. I had a jury duty summons postcard that pointed to a web page which failed this last thing.Their goddamned widget didn't work in my setup (even after whitelisting some things) and indicated that the site visitor was stupid--rather than giving a -useful- error message.
 Xerox, Inc. Assholes.
-- OriginalOwner_ [soylentnews.org]
To be clear, I do value the ability to use a site with a text-only browser. I was only arguing that it is not a defining feature of a "web page." A horrible site that consists solely of one big "under construction" gif sans alt-text is still web page.
We clearly disagree.