The normal ﬂow is this:★
I show you incredible stuﬀ! (in a special browser build with all kind of ﬂags turned on)★ You try it out later.★ It doesn’t work for you.★ You are behind in ﬁxing that layout glitch in IE8 your boss so wants you to ﬁx.★ I am awesome, you are frustrated.
Something is broken...There seems to
be a disconnect between the “web development anddesign scene” and both the market we are working for and thecompanies building the tools we use.
we <3 abstractions! http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/pa1nt/2395397976/We seem
to be obsessed with abstractions. Instead of using ideaslike for example vendor preﬁxes in browsers we write a library to nothave to care about them. This leads to a lot of problems withexperimental implementations becoming necessary features and newdevelopers learning abstractions instead of the core technologies.
Everybody is a creator: Last
year: 37 new microlibraries and 10 new “innovative CSS work frameworks”We all want to be creators and build a thing that makes it easier forothers to code. We don’t even follow up any longer if they are used ornot, the concept of having built them makes us already feel great.
“This photo was taken by
photographer Jack Bradley and depicts the exact moment this boy, Harold Whittles,hears for the very ﬁrst time ever.The doctor treating him has just placed an earpiece in his left ear.Date unknown. “I think we have forgotten a bit about the wonder of hearing andlearning and are too focused on building what brings change. Wehave two ears but one mouth and most of the time our speakingto listening ratio does not reﬂect that.
At Mozilla we have a
lot of programs to turn people into webmakers and it isamazing to see how excited kids are doing their ﬁrst few web things usingMozilla Thimble.
Unless someone like you cares
a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. Its not.On the ﬂight over here I watched the Lorax based on the book byDr. Seuss and I loved it - especially this quote. I actually got so inspired,that I wrote the rest of this presentation in the style of Dr. Seuss. Thatway all of you in the audience who have kids can read to them andlearn about the future of the web at the same time.