For a Future-Friendly Web

by Brad Frost

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  1. Brad, In regards to device proliferation there was an article published yesterday on the BBC website regarding a new super microprocessor that bq. ...will pave the way for the “internet of things” - the spread of the net to a wider range of devices. bq. It suggests that fridges and other white goods, medical equipment, energy meters, and home and office lighting will all benefit from the innovation We will live in a ultra-connected world where the web, if isn’t in our pocket, will be accessed on our fridges, radios and car dashboards. “http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-17345934”:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-17345934
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  2. Any CMS recommendations that offer clean content storing?
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  3. Excellent article! There’s so much information in here I read it twice. And the graphic by Kevin Cornell is a real mind bender…
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  4. I agree with your philosophy. I read this article using the Clearly Chrome extension, started writing this reply on the go using Evernote on my iPhone then finished in the ALA website.

    Very quickly, people are becoming platform agnostic. They don’t care what they use, or when they use it, they want to reach things ASAP and people are less dependent on the overly designed desktop web that has bloated in the last 10 years with the jump from 56k to widespread broadband.  Your article makes me remember this article (http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/09/24/does-the-future-of-the-internet-have-room-for-web-designers/). As people are connected with small screens, large screens, e-ink devices, the design itself it becoming more and more irrelevant. This makes your point on future friendly content only more important. It’s been 5 years since the iPhone, and as you mentioned, in 5 more years, it could be an entirely new landscape.  Content needs to be published with not only clean markup, but the content creators need to be more than ever concerned with composition and punctuation in their writing to ensure the content can be relevant outside it’s original published platform.  In 5 years time it may be commonplace for a non-‘techie’ person to start reading a long-form NY Times article on their desktop at work, continue reading it on the subway then have a text-to-speech program read the rest aloud to them as they walk from the subway to their apartment.  My point is, it’s about thinking beyond it’s original form factor.  Semantic markup is necessary today for accessibility for visually impaired users, but even more stress must be put on this to make it future friendly for tomorrow’s widespread audience.  The beauty of the web is it’s man’s most amazing content distribution platform ever created, we need to embrace that fact.
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  5. Comfort of visitors - the main purpose of the website or any application.
    After all, one way or another users define,how useful, understandable and easy to use web-based resource is. The web design isn’t important if the visitor doesn’t find the necessary or interesting information.
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  6. I am wondering with all the smart devices out there, and more on the horizon, if they can actually start to tell the web what kind of environment they are operating - so on the server side we can start delivering with some idea of context. It seems the heavy lifting is done from the site at the moment, and that’s if the site has a query or two setup - would it be better for the device to perhaps manage some of this and maybe push some context our? So rather than a Zombie Apocalypse of dumb connected devices we can actually have smart and intelligent devices and services having conversations with each other.
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  7. “Americans on average get firehosed with over 34GB worth of content a day…” Brad, the USA is not the world. It’s not just yanks who put up with bullshit.
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  8. @himedlooff > Any CMS recommendations that offer clean content storing? All major CMS do a pretty good job in that regard nowadays, eg Joomla, WordPress, or PHP-Nuke.
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  9. @djfarrelly bq. I read this article using the Clearly Chrome extension, started writing this reply on the go using Evernote on my iPhone then finished in the ALA website. It’s quite amazing the routes we now take to consume, interact and share. Thanks for sharing your path; it really drives these points home. In “Thieves Are Your Best Customers in Waiting”:http://stuntbox.com/blog/2012/03/thieves-are-your-best-customers-in-waiting/ , David Sleight predicts that the companies that will rule the future are ones that give the user what they want on every device for a reasonable price.  I think he’s spot on.
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  10. @jezen thomas bq. Brad, the USA is not the world. It’s not just yanks who put up with bullshit. Everyone is definitely enduring bullshit. I only used “Americans” because the article was talking about the US. No doubt in my mind it’s happening elsewhere (unless you happen to live in an isolated house upon a mountain cut off from the outside world). Here’s to the death of bullshit!
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  11. @timkaplor
    You’re absolutely right that we need better ways of determining context. This falls in line with the “Unknown Vessel: Identify”:http://futurefriend.ly/thinking.html#unknown-vessel section of Future Friendly thinking. There’s definitely been talk about using the server to serve up more contextually-aware experiences:
    “Adaptation: Why responsive design actually begins on the server”:http://www.slideshare.net/yiibu/adaptation-why-responsive-design-actually-begins-on-the-server,
    “RESS, Server-Side Feature-Detection and the Evolution of Responsive Web Design”:http://www.dmolsen.com/mobile-in-higher-ed/2012/02/21/ress-and-the-evolution-of-responsive-web-design/
    “RESS: Responsive Design + Server Side Components”:http://www.lukew.com/ff/entry.asp?1392 It’s becoming more of an issue, especially with things like the new iPad screen. As Jason Grigsby recently pointed out, Apple.com will unfortunately “serve up multiple images”:http://cloudfour.com/how-apple-com-will-serve-retina-images-to-new-ipads/ to users, mostly because there’s no way for the server to know that the device has a hi-res screen right out of the gate. In order for us to deal with this huge amount of diversity, we need to be able to fire on all cylinders. I think we’ve got a long way to go to get to what you’re describing, but at the same time we need to keep pushing to make more sense of it all.
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  12. @himedlooff bq. Any CMS recommendations that offer clean content storing? This is a really good question, and I wish I had a short list of well-defined solutions to give you. I think that ultimately it comes down to using the tools in the right way and considering the right things when implementing a CMS. Keep your eyes on @karenmcgrane, @lyzadanger, and @jensimmons as they talk a lot about CMSes as they relate to future friendly thinking. In the meantime, I’ll see what I can do to find out more resources and insight.
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  13. Very nice article. Indeed relevant data is the key….Google is going even forward to the future creating the new Google Glasses with 3d holographic hud that will make your ads full targeted and 24/7….facebook is also on the same road…you can find info about “φαψεβοοκ”:http://www.xn—mxacivya8br.net here
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  14. Hi good morning, We are a web design <a href=“http://www.wbase.es”> </ a> in Barcelona, Madrid and wanted to thank you for the article as we serve for the next fururo and congratulate them on that note that is actually doing people fully qualified in this sector. Thank you very much, regards
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  15. I think we (as an industry) need to embrace the “content like water” concept, and realize that content strategy, user experience, layout, design, and development are more tightly integrated than ever before. It is difficult for many to accept this loss of control - over how the page appears, and how the users are accessing the content and the pages. We need to be adaptable to whatever comes next, and willing to learn new ways of going through our process. Thanks Brad, for this insightful article, and the myriad of resources you put out there for the web industry.
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  16. Thanks, Brad. The Create Once Publish Everywhere method only makes sense when dealing with vehicles like website, app, etc., but does this methodology work for things like parent company site to child company site? Would this result in redundant content?
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