This is the third post in a five-post series about O’Reilly’s Fluent Conference.
In our last post we talked about Web Components, a set of technologies on the bleeding edge of web development. In it, we discussed how these components can be helpful, but also how we need to be careful using them because they might not work everywhere.
As different as the web looks now compared to the early days, its core tenets—content, delivery, ubiquity—are unchanged. Designing for consistency is controversial, but designing for universality remains a steadfast standard of web development. Our UX and Product Lead Bernie Zang (@berniezang) brings us some of his lessons learned from Fluent:
The Web Is Still The Web
As technologists, optimists, and makers, we constantly find ourselves looking ahead and pushing boundaries further and further. This was apparent at Fluent. Highlighted in almost every talk were new technologies driving the future of the web, along with novel and new techniques to bring new experiences to viewers. However, even with these shining examples of what’s to come, there was an underlying emphasis to refocus on what’s important: the people who actually view our creations.
Philly local, Kim Blessing of Think Brownstone, reminded us it wasn’t too long ago when browsers like the Line Mode Browser were the only way we could access the web. This is how the 50onRed website would’ve looked:
While it’s important to look back and understand the fundamental value the web provides, I do strongly believe there are ways we can continue to create engaging experiences for web users while also ensuring we don’t continue to widen the digital divide. After all, one of the core tenets of the web is ubiquity: The internet was born to enable the universal dissemination of information. If our websites don’t enable that, we need to strongly consider why that is and how we can redesign them to work more universally.
The increasing usage of these technologies seems to indicate that those who build the web are still trying hard to provide equal access to all. Looking forward, I can easily imagine a world where the web continues to provide great content for everyone while still creating cutting-edge interactions and experiences that can bring more people together.