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  1. There are some interesting points being made about this article in a Twitter thread: https://twitter.com/zeldman/status/745267996432674816

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  2. A few more items for the history lesson:

    1. blink, marquee, center, strike, font, layer, ilayer, carousel, fittext

    2. framesets (which were the original SPA)

    3. XML / XSLT

    4. Ads (oh wait)


    I think the major theme in the mis-steps on the web is over-prioritizing presentation and leaving semantic markup as an after-thought. I have complete confidence that this is going to happen again (and again). If people start replacing [a href=”...”] with custom-elements then I will know the web is dying.

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  3. We see this at the project level (well I do), so it’s not too much of a surprise to see it at the web standards level.

    - Here’s an idea!
    - Build it
    - Wow that’s awkward
    - Hey it only works in like 50% of the cases
    - OH NOES ENHANCING TO COVER THE OTHER 50% COSTS $$
    - OH HEY THE OTHER 50% HAS MONEY TOO LET’S BUILD FOR THEM
    - Build it again, but better
    - Get it almost where you want it
    - Here’s an idea!

    Context *is* everything. Whether it’s a website project or a change to a browser, it’s looking at the core users, what they need, what the business needs, who’s included, who’s excluded, how excluding certain groups/people will impact everything from perceived morality to marketing, what the ROI is, etc. etc.

    And even though I’m firmly in Camp Progressive Enhancement, some days it’s a battle to get my business contacts to acknowledge programming is hard and my IT contacts to acknowledge the users are people—so the bad code often has to come first because we don’t have time money or knowledge enough to nail the idea on the very first try.

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  4. Some years ago, I developed a method for detecting the zoom level in IE 7 using Javascript. It relied on the onmove event being placed on a undisplayed element to trigger a measurement that gave me the Zoom level.
    But why was the Zoom level not exposed as an object I could query with JavaScript? What would be the harm?
    I also remember a conversation with a couple of Mozilla Firefox programmers who had absolutely no idea that if I write width: 1in; in the CSS, it doesn’t actually measure 1 inch onscreen.

    Everybody’s got a different vantage point.

    Personally, I would love much more of the stuff under the hood of the browser exposed to JavaScript. However, there may be some hesitancy on the part of browser makers about this. When things go wrong, who ya gonna blame, the faceless developers behind the site you’re on or the very visible makers of the browsers - like Microsoft, Google, or Apple? I’m sure that fielding irate complaints about this or that site not working right in IE, EDGE, Chrome, or Safari is NOT their favorite activity.

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  5. Totally agree on the context idea. JavaScript is often a overused when it comes to simple websites. I think it should be restrained to a more functional role, not for visual design (animations). Often, it works against the semantic web. Progressively, JavaScript components or libraries should be replaced by native browser features. Sort of best of both worlds…

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  6. Thanks for sharing your thoughts & excitements about future of the web.

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  7. I think a very important point is that if most front end devs can’t use something, you’re going to make it very expensive to support the code-base. Keep it at a more amateur level and you have a much cheaper to maintain situation. A very valid consideration.


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  9. Nice article…What can be said about the future of the Web. There are numerous advantages of the web. I am career consultant at Jobs Aviator and I advice my candidates to build their social profiles strong and grow their social network over the internet to get a good job. Web has great influence on career of every individual.

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  10. Spot on, espicially your point on “Context is everything”

    I guess many developers (including me) struggle with this. It is hard to put your finger on a certain approach/solution to a problem. It kinda voice down to your experience.

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  11. I want my XML data-islands back!

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  12. The web is more going towards simplicity and due to SEO and Optimization people are more focusing towards page speed and website content rather than visuals.

    Its time to go more flat and more simple designs by keeping minimal sized images.

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  13. Given the use of mobile applications in javascript , I think he still has a bright future!

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  14. Progressive web apps is really interesting point made in the article. With world adopting mobility, Mobile apps are gaining more importance than the web applications and thus Progressive web applications like a push button or a simple process of doing a thing is necessary.

    I am attaining a webinar and a panel discussion about the same topic, named as “NextGen Enterprise solutions”. Here is the reference link for more details http://www.cygnet-infotech.com/next-gen-enterprise-solutions

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    Thanks for the sharing this great article related to The Future of the Web.. this article is very usefull for me…..thanks again for sharing this great article

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  16. thank you for sharing most important information “future of web”.

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  17. Someone said: “learn as much as you can, use as little as you need”. Spawn of new approaches, web technologies, frameworks, overload of market with generic design, templates - made us using sometimes more than we need, often missing the point in reaching to the audience and evolving the accessibility and the way of perception within the browser boundaries.

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  18. I think it’s very difficult to talk about the future of the web, the only certainty is that it will be very different

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  20. Hi Matt,
    Would you please write an article and tell us about your predition about the future of Google?

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  22. Very interesting, but I think it is difficult to know what the future of the website.

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  24. Twitter is loosing the game in front of facebook. Recently I closed my social media accounts because someone in always watching…

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  26. Interesting piece, I’ve been following the trend of progressive web apps with great interest since it has the potential to become a rival to mobile app development in my opinion.

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  27. Good article, personally I think we are coming into quite an exciting period of web design, especially with the wonderful creations that can be made with HTML5, thanks

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  30. Really a cutting-edge article about the future of the web… awesome work indeed…

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  31. Solid article. The web has some serious issues with business models. Sites are so choked with advertising-related bloat that make a huge portion of the internet is unusable. I think from a web perspective, the available real estate (among other things) will keep the web relevant for quite some time, but from a mobile web perspective, it might be the end of days. With
    94% of US millennial’s being smartphone users and the stark contrast in user experience between native and mobile web, the mobile web might be seeing its end of days.

    On the web, I think some of this experience starts to change over time as individuals start valuing more meaningful content and being willing to pay for it in the form of subscriptions. The NYT has done a great job of increasing their subscription base of late. Medium has recently entered the ring of subscription and individuals like Ben Thompson have been incredibly successful in the space. It will be interesting to see if we can reduce the relevance of advertising and in turn bring back a reasonable user experience on the web.

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