Open Standard and Guideline to Note

  • OWASP – The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) is a worldwide free and open community focused on improving the security of application software. Do read on the development guide, code review guide and testing guide. They are very useful and I think all web developer & solution architect must understand those guide.
  • Open Screen Project – The Open Screen Project is an industry-wide initiative, led by Adobe with the participation of other industry leaders, with one clear vision: Enable consumers to engage with rich Internet experiences seamlessly across any device, anywhere. This seems to be an attempt by Adobe to set Flash as the standard for Rich Internet Client. Will this initiative succeed? and What will be Microsoft and its Silverlight do about this?
  • Microformats – Designed for humans first and machines second, microformats are a set of simple, open data formats built upon existing and widely adopted standards. Instead of throwing away what works today, microformats intend to solve simpler problems first by adapting to current behaviors and usage patterns (e.g. XHTML, blogging). I love the idea of defining data formats for web. This is one of the must follow standard and will be the foundation for Web 3.0 🙂
  • OpenID – OpenID allows you to use an existing identity to sign in to multiple websites, without needing to create new passwords.
  • Open Social – defines a common API for social applications across multiple websites. With standard JavaScript and HTML, developers can create apps that access a social network’s friends and update feeds. Google is currently leading this initiative. Is Facebook growth drive Google to start this initiative? I am not too sure. MySpace, Google Sites, iGoogle are some of the sites that follows Open Social standard.
  • WCAG – explain how to make Web content accessible to people with disabilities. Web “content” generally refers to the information in a Web page or Web application, including text, images, forms, sounds, and such. This is an important standard for the web master or web designer to understand. It helps to improve website accessibility.
  • RDF – Resource Description Framework is standard from W3C. It is one of the key enabler for Web 3.0.

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