In its State of the Web report, the Web Standards Project (WSP) on Wednesday repeated its call for browser makers to fully adopt standards laid out by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) that would allow developers to build a single site readable across multiple browsers.
"Imagine if every brand of TV set required a different kind of signal to receive your favorite show," WSP Project Leader George Olsen said in a statement. "It sounds ridiculous, but that's close to the situation on the Web because browser makers have failed to implement a common set of standards."
The group, citing a recent Jupiter Communications report, said that nearly two-thirds of top 100 consumer Web sites are now built in multiple versions. Working around browser incompatibilities adds at least 25%to the cost of Web sites, it added.
And although Microsoft nd Netscape Communications have been improving their browsers in support of core W3C standards, "it's been at a pace that fails to meet the needs of the Web," the WSP said.
WSP's State of the Web report is available at http://www.webstandards.org/state_web.txt.