The Universal Web

I have a universal remote rontroller at home to control my TV, DVD Player and VCR. I know others who have \*many\* more techno-toys than that. Have you \*ever\* seen one Universal remote controller that actually works with all of your devices? There may be one, but I haven't seen it. I have never walked in to a home with one universal remote controller. I actually have two, not one. Neither supports all of the (rather basic) features of all of my techno-toys. I think the tops I have seen was 4 universal remote controllers to control a home theatre.

This reminds me of the web. The browser should be the univeral remote of the web. HTML is HTML is HTML, right? JavaScript is JavaScript is JavaScript, right? And so on for CSS, DHTML, etc. Outside of bugs (we all have them), browsing should just simply work. But they do not. Why not? Well, unfortunately, the browser is too much like the universal remote. You have to have more than one to really leverage the web without the web (or a vendor) "leveraging" you.

This is where something JCP-like in the web-world would be a good thing. There should be a TCK for web rendering. If a browser doesn't pass a set of rendering tests, a browser shouldn't be able to (legally) say it supports HTML/DHTML/CSS/JavaScript. The hard part would be enforcing the "look" of the page. Perhaps posting a screencast of browsing the TCK would be a good thing.

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Unfortunately, HTML is not HTML. Wanna fight Microsoft on this one?

Posted by Gary Kephart on February 28, 2005 at 12:09 PM PST #

I know it's not the point, but I've been very happy w/ my Onkyo Universal Learning Remote. It makes the cost of the receiver almost worth it. I know I've seen a few others make the same comments. On your topic, I find I mostly dislike the Javascript incompatibility. I don't believe I find much other issues. This also reminds me of the early days of the Internet's popularity and Scott's harping on this very issue. Too bad not enough web developers listened.

Posted by Daryl Doami on February 28, 2005 at 12:31 PM PST #

Daryl, does that remote browse the web? :)

Gary, it takes more than a village. :)

Posted by John Clingan on February 28, 2005 at 01:53 PM PST #

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