The Web Is Still Amazing

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June 26, 2016

I went on a bit of a rant today because I've seen a lot of concern about the web, its future, and its past lately. This post from Jeffrey Zeldman sparked it. I wish I'd saved the links to many other posts, though it's a trend I've seen throughout my Twitter stream for a few months now. This fear for the web is sincere, and I have felt some of it, too. At the same time, though, I feel like I've seen it before and I'll see it again.

Anyway, here's my rant, saved for the day that Twitter inevitably goes the way of font tags, DHTML, and using Flash for custom fonts:

My friend Jason Garber wrote a year and a half ago about how to be a better web professional. It's a great post, and I like to reread it from time to time for inspiration. The technology, the processes, and the tools are only a very small part of the job. Unless our industry suddenly becomes frozen in time, all of those things will continue to change and progress. Some of the tools we depend on now will become obsolete just like tables for layout, Flash for fonts, and spacer gifs. Others will stand the test of time. Me? I'm going to bet on the basics and continue playing with the new toys when I have time.