Open standards 1, walled gardens 0.

Europe’s decision to maintain the development of open standards has enraged the protectionist US software industry.

The move is going to cause a rumpus as US software houses see open standards as direct threat to their existence. And they are right. But hey, get with the times guys.

The decision throws the difference between old tech and the new web into sharp relief. Which would you prefer - being locked into a big vendor’s proprietory systems for ever, or be free to move from one system to the next knowing that each one will work together?

We’re delighted that Europe is going this way. We’re passionate subscribers to the Web Standards project and welcome the day that everything just works becuase we all use the same, optimised, open source code.

Read the original article on the Digital Standards Organisations website.