WA Web Standards 2007-01-30

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Presentation given to the Web Association concerning the rise and importance of web standards to the future of the web. Touches on microformats and Firefox 3

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  • WA Web Standards 2007-01-30

    1. 1. State of the Web: A Look Ahead Web Standards The Web Association January 30 th , 2007 www.webassociation.org Presenter: David Mead Director of Production Optiem, LLC.
    2. 2. Standards <ul><li>a basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated </li></ul><ul><li>puts us all on the same page </li></ul><ul><li>everyone/everything works together </li></ul>
    3. 3. Web Standards <ul><li>everyone/everything works together </li></ul>
    4. 4. The Old Standards <ul><li>HTML </li></ul><ul><li>CSS </li></ul><ul><li>XHTML </li></ul>
    5. 5. The Old Standards <ul><li>The downside of using standards </li></ul><ul><li>Browsers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Propriety code </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Patchy support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wrong implementation </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. The Old Standards <ul><li>The upside of using standards </li></ul><ul><li>Easier to code & maintain </li></ul><ul><li>Semantically rich content </li></ul><ul><li>Light weight files </li></ul><ul><li>Improves browser/device display </li></ul><ul><li>Decreases accessibility errors </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Section 508 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WAI </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. The Old Standards <ul><li>The upside of using standards </li></ul><ul><li>Browsers </li></ul>
    8. 8. The New Standards <ul><ul><li>microformats </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“Designed for humans first and machines second” </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. The New Standards <ul><li>hCard </li></ul><ul><li>hCalendar </li></ul><ul><li>VoteLinks, hReview </li></ul><ul><li>XFN </li></ul><ul><li>rel-tag </li></ul><ul><li>social networks / search / e-commerce / desktop applications </li></ul>
    10. 10. The New Standards <ul><li>Who’s using these? </li></ul><ul><li>YOU ARE </li></ul>
    11. 11. The Future <ul><li>We need microformats and to get people to agree on them. It is going to bootstrap exchanging data on the Web… </li></ul><ul><li>… we need them for things like contact cards, events, directions… </li></ul><ul><li>Bill Gates @ Mix06, talking with Tim O’Reilly </li></ul><ul><li>Firefox 3 to incorporate microformat detection natively? </li></ul><ul><li>Browsers as information brokers? </li></ul>
    12. 12. The Future <ul><li>http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/mozilla_does_microformats_firefox3.php </li></ul>

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