Jens Oliver Meiert

“HTML 5,” “CSS 3,” and Expert Web Developers

Post from May 20, 2016 (↻ December 11, 2016), filed under .

These days, when we hear people speak of “HTML 5” and “CSS 3,” it’s useful to be skeptical. We’ve long decided for the living standard model, meaning we simply refer to HTML and CSS; the version numbers aren’t needed anymore unless one referred to something historic. And so misuse of terminology keeps following us, as confirm many developers who still confuse tags with elements.

That’s the friendly tip of the iceberg of little challenges we’re facing in the web dev community these days. Another gentle one? Frameworks (“Semantic UI”? please grab a book about the subject, not necessarily mine) that remind of spin, when we all forget that web development is a craft that begins with tailoring and always aims for though never quite achieves perfect quality (let’s keep an eye on our vision).

But when have you last heard somebody speak like this? How do I know.

I gave in (and now up) to writing a tiny rant, yet for those who appreciate just a frank piece of web development writing, check out The Little Book of HTML/CSS Frameworks or On Web Development. Cf., then, this thing with web decorators, how WET uncode got us variables, or, perhaps, why “fire and forget” is heinous. Peace.

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Jens Oliver Meiert, photo of July 27, 2015.

Jens Oliver Meiert is a developer (O’Reilly, W3C, ex-Google) and philosopher. He experiments with art and adventure. Here on meiert.com he shares and generalizes and exaggerates some of his thoughts and experiences.

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