It’s easy to see the Web as a unkempt, out-of-control beast. And it is in many ways, but that also gives it much beauty. Aaron reminds us of where we’ve been, what the Web can do, what we can do and where we can go together.
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.
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.
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?
Eric Meyer talks about the universality of the Web in This Web App Best Viewed By Someone Else. This is a talk worth watching if you’re into the history of the Web, its future and making it truly ubiquitous.
Y’see, what attracted me to the web—to the point where I have this blind spot—wasn’t the opportunity to make money. What attracted me to the web was its remarkable ability to allow anyone to share anything, not just for the here and now, but for the future too.