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Web Standards Project (WaSP)

The Web Standards Project (WaSP) is a grass roots effort to encourage the main browser makers to create a standard implementation of the Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) and other Web standards and recommendations of the World Wide Consortium (W3C). WaSP maintains that the adoption of these standards by both manufacturers can reduce development time and budgets required for Web-based applications by up to 25%.

In spite of the existence of the W3C's recommendations almost since the beginning of Web browsers, both Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Netscape's Navigator have insisted on promoting and supporting non-standard extensions and in implementing existing recommendations differently, forcing public Web site developers to create different versions of their site, one for each browser (and often additional versions to accommodate changes in evolving browser versions).

For future versions of today's browsers, the WaSP is pushing for full support for W3C recommendations related to the Document Object Model (DOM), Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), and Extensible Markup Language (XML).

This was last updated in September 2005
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

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