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This is an exciting time for front-end development. The support of modern browsers for CSS3 and HTML5 is excellent and improving all the time. Before we get too excited about all the new shiny features we have to play with, we need to remember that in many ways the future of the open web is in our hands. We want to take advantage of new features. We need to push the boundaries of what is possible and what ought to be possible. However we need to do this without storing up problems for ourselves as web developers in the future, and without disadvantaging users who may be using older browsers through no fault of their own.
Open web gives us a unique opportunity to learn about web technologies from the web itself. The source of every web page, stylesheet or script is only few clicks away, so it can easily become a learning material. I strongly believe that—as the builders of the web—we should care especially about those visitors of our web sites who want to learn something from our code. … And yes – the word ‘learn’ will occur many times in many forms during this talk.
26th–27th April 2012