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List of the Week: 5 Ways to Keep Up With Standards

A question posed at a standards panel at O’Reilly’s Web 2.0 conference last Friday is the subject of this week’s list. The question: What’s the best place to go to for the latest information on web standards?

While standards can be a rather broad definition, the following list includes some of Webmonkey’s favorite places to get schooled on standards:

  • OpenID, OAuth, Activity Streams Microformats and the Open Stack: The top evangelists on the subject are Chris Messina, Joseph Smarr, David Recordon and John McCrea. While they all update their Twitter feeds with regularity, you can find them talking about OpenID every week on their vlog at
  • HTML 5: There are two sources for the latest in HTML 5 development. The Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group (WHATWG) represents a working group dedicated to creating new and cool technology for HTML 5. Often, the development gets incorporated into W3C’s HTML 5 standard. It’s an ongoing process that has worked for such things as Canvas, Scalable Vector Graphics and offline access. Mark Pilgrim writes the WHATWG Blog, and W3C hosts Planet HTML 5.
  • CSS 3.0: is much more adept, or at least readable, at reporting developments on the emerging web design standard than even the W3C working group.
  • XML-Based Standards: When you need information on XML-based standards, it’s best to go to the source. The Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) is a democratically run global organization that oversees the development of many of the web’s open standards. OASIS’ website lists upcoming events, ballots, reviews and press announcements.
  • Internet Protocols: Information on other internet protocols, including information on IPv6, might be found in the mailing lists of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).