[T]he truth is that there's no reason at all that open standards like -- html and css being the big examples which powers most of the web -- can't provide more functionality, cooler stuff, etc. Indeed, there's every reason to think that they can actually provide more. Indeed, the whole idea that you design a new version of an information product for different devices is a really old-fashioned concept in a lot of ways. That was the way the major stake holders originally wanted to run the internet -- with Compuserve and AOL or with all the innovation and coolness that you now experience with that clunky 1970s era technology box that sits on top of your TV and brings you cable.
Josh Marshall on Open Standards