Erase and Rewind: A Tale of Innovation and Patience

In his talk at Open Web Camp 2015 called Erase and Rewind: A Tale of Innovation and Patience, Christian Heilmann has a lot of great messages for web developers. It’s just too many to list here, so you should give the talk a listen.

The big takeaway I got from it? The Web is the Web. Unique. It’s not native, or like anything else. It’s designed to work independent of hardware, software, ability or location. How can you not be excited by that? Sure, there’s a lot to fix, and make better, but that just means you’ll find many places to make a difference. Instead of worrying about tools first, think of the user. It doesn’t matter if your build process is simple and efficient if the user doesn’t see a benefit as well. We can make the Web better – together. One project at a time.

Publishing Versus Performance: Our Struggle for the Soul of the Web

Jeffrey Zeldman talks about the struggle for the soul of the Web, brought forth by the The Mobile Web Sucks on The Verge. It’s worth a read as is Jeremy Keith’s related On the Verge piece. To strike a balance between wonderful content and performance, like most things worth doing, we need more cooperation, experimentation, failure and patience.

Responsive Design: Where Do We Go From Here?

Accessibility is about providing good experiences for everyone, regardless of physical or mental abilities, gender, race, or language. It recognizes that we all have special needs—physical limitations, bandwidth limitations, device limitations—that may require us to experience the same interface in different ways.

Aaron Gustafson talks about how accessibility, responsive design and progressive enhancement blend together in Where Do We Go From Here?