And some things that should not have been forgotten were lost. History became legend. Legend became myth. And for two and a half thousand years, the ring passed out of all knowledge.
The 2nd browser war started with the goal of dethroning Microsoft's IE in a battle to improve browsers performance. And with IE already defeated the war continues today in a different field: HTML5.
HTML5 has been produced by the WHAT Working Group, diverging from the direction Web Standards were taking under the control of the W3C. The Group started as an effort to make the Web evolve in the right direction and came up with what is known as HTML5. The W3C has later standardize the result but the WHATWG will stay independent from the Consortium. Why the detour? Misunderstanding, lack of action... read A competing vision part of Mark Pilgrim's Dive Into HTML5 to catch the drift.
... I'm not being fair enough as there are many more some competing in the same field.