On Sunday, November 30, web designers and developers across the globe will celebrate Blue Beanie Day 2014, wearing a blue beanie to show their support for web standards. Join in!
“What’s Blue Beanie Day,” you may ask? Well, it’s possible you’ve seen it in years past: a host of avatars on Twitter and Facebook, with selfies galore, each sporting a little blue toque. Here’s the thing: each is a tribute to the hat that launched a thousand sites: the blue beanie worn by A List Apart’s own Jeffrey Zeldman in that infamous selfie, and that eventually emblazoned the cover of Zeldman’s Designing With Web Standards.
But this isn’t a plug for a book, or for the man wearing the rather fetching hat: rather, sporting a blue chapeau is a reminder that web standards—standards like semantic markup, neatly separated styles, and DOM scripting—are responsible for much of the work we do today. In the pre-WaSP, pre-DWWS world, we were forced to build to the idiosycrasies of each broken desktop browser—could you imagine anything like responsive web design without web standards? It’s true: we face a lot of challenges as the web moves beyond the desktop. But as wild and woolly as this multi-device version of the web is, it’d be significantly more challenging without the solid web standards support we enjoy today.
So if web standards have made your life a little easier—and I know I couldn’t do my job without ’em—then upload a shot of yourself wearing a blue beanie, hat, or cap to any of these fine social media locations:
- The Blue Beanie Day Tumblr
- The International Blue Beanie Day 2014 pool on Flickr
- Using the #bbd14 hashtag on Instagram
And there’s no need to wait until November 30: if you’ve got a beanie-enabled shot of yourself, then post away!
3 Reader Comments
Just a note: I found it strange not to see anything about web accessibility in this article. As a designer rather than a coder, accessibility is what resonates most meaningfully for me on Blue Beanie Day!
You should sell official Blue Beanie Day beanies. They could have the ALA logo on them, or maybe “WWJZD?” (What Would Jeffrey Zeldman Do?)
I hate to say it but we’re still in the middle of it, just replace ‘desktop’ with ‘desktop, mobile and tablet’.
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