Jens Oliver Meiert

A Vision of Web Development

Post from May 13, 2015 (↻ December 5, 2021), filed under (feed).

There is one thing every web developer should aspire to: writing the most minimal, semantically appropriate, valid HTML, and then never changing it. “Never” not in a sense of denial and refusal, for structural changes can always require modifications, but in the sense of a guiding light. The idea of minimal, semantically appropriate, valid markup tickles the most out of us as web developers. It leads us not only to supreme markup quality but pushes us to acquire and exhibit bigger powers in our style sheets and scripts.

The cover of “The Little Book of HTML/CSS Frameworks.”

The vision is one of highest efficiency, to handle presentational changes only through CSS updates and behavioral ones only through JavaScript updates. Writing HTML, design-agnostic as it should be, has always been underestimated; it’s the hardest to write well.

As briefly as I could put it—in The Little Book of HTML/CSS Frameworks!

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About Me

Jens Oliver Meiert, on September 30, 2021.

I’m Jens, and I’m an engineering lead—currently manager for Developer Experience at LivePerson—and author. I’ve worked as a technical lead for Google, I’m close to W3C and WHATWG, and I write and review books for O’Reilly. I love trying things, sometimes including philosophy, art, and adventure. Here on meiert.com I share some of my views and experiences.

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Cover: The Web Development Glossary.

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