Fatal Exception’s Neil McAllister questions whether the ideal of a truly standards-compliant Web will ever be possible given ongoing disagreements over HTML 5, including those most recently set in motion by Microsoft’s latest concerns over the spec. “While some items on Microsoft’s list seem like quibbles, others are valid issues,” McAllister writes. And with others in the working group supporting the proposed additions in question as they stand, an impasse could conceivably be the end result. “Disagreements are an inevitable part of any standardization process. But if disagreements lead to irreconcilable differences, it calls in to question the validity of the final standard.” So where does that leave HTML 5?