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It’s not just a story about unloved APIs, it’s a story about power, standards design, and who owns the platform β€” and it makes me afraid for the future of the web.

A thoughtful, considered post by Rich Harris on the whole ballyhoo with alert and its ilk:

For all its flaws, the web is generally agreed to be a stable platform, where investments made today will stand the test of time. A world in which websites are treated as inherently transient objects, where APIs we commonly rely on today could be cast aside as unwanted baggage by tomorrow’s spec wranglers, is a world in which the web has already lost.

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# Liked by Dmitrii on Tuesday, August 10th, 2021 at 5:27pm