Douglas Crockford: Web Forward
Douglas Crockford keynoted the 2008 Frontend Engineering Summit at Yahoo!. In this talk, he proposes that the standards processes have stagnated, leaving us with an inadequate platform and no orderly mechanism for improving it. The solution, he suggests, is a disorderly mechanism: another browser war. In a new browser war, the web engineering community will face short-term pain but the Web's larger user community, upwards of a billion people, will ultimately benefit as new ideas bubble to the top. The best of the new ideas can then be incorporated into a new generation of standards once they've been vetted by the community and proven in practice.