This is an excellent initiative by the Dutch Fronteers group to have professional web developers represented in W3C working groups. In this particular case, they’re funding Rachel for the CSS working group. This sets a great precedent—I really hope the W3C goes for it!
If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to be a fly on the wall at a CSS Working Group meeting, Richard has the inside scoop.
The consensus building is vital. Representatives from all the major browsers were in the room, collaborating closely by proposing ideas and sharing implementations. But most fundamentally they were agreeing together what should go in the specifications, because what goes in the specs is what gets built and ends up in the hands of users.
An interesting piece by Jessica Kerr that draws lessons from the histories of art and science and applies them to software development.
This was an interesting point about the cognitive load of getting your head around an existing system compared to creating your own:
And just because I’ve spent most of last year thinking about how to effectively communicate—in book form—relatively complex ideas clearly and simply, this part really stood out for me:
When you do have a decent mental model of a system, sharing that with others is hard. You don’t know how much you know.
Great advice on keeping your hyperlinks accessible.
Neither matters all that much and you can use every method on the same project without the universe imploding.
Some interesting approaches in the comments too.
On August 6th, 1991, Tim Berners-Lee sent a message to alt.hypertext newsgroup announcing his WorldWideWeb project.
There’s a W3C community group now for looking at the responsive images question.
A good round-up by Jack Osborne of where things currently stand with the hgroup group.
Frances takes issue with the hgroup element in HTML5.
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The ORG turn a Newsnight interview into hypertext, thereby strengthening the message exponentially.
Here's the in-depth lowdown on the CSS Eleven supergroup announced by Andy at Web Directions South last week.
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