Author Archives: alex

Long Term Web Semantics

Something irks me about the phrase “semantic HTML”. The intent is clear enough — using HTML in ways that are readable, using plain language to describe things. But that’s not what “semantic” means. We might as well be saying “well written” or “copy edited”. They’d be closer fits. What we describe today as “unsemantic markup” […]

That PE Thang

The interwebs, they are aboil! People worthy of respect are publicly shaming those who don’t toe the Progressive Enhancement line. Heroes of the revolution have taken to JavaScript’s defense. The rebuttals are just as compelling. Before we all nominate as Shark or Jet, I’d like to take this opportunity to point out the common ground: […]

The Phony Balance Benchmark

There’s a palpable tension in my shoulders as I tap this out — I know already that this post will create cringe-worthy responses and name calling and all the rest. But on we plod. A friend called out to me a peculiar feature of a conference Program Committee they were serving on: that it was […]

For Jo

This was originally drafted as response to [Jo Rabin's blog post] discussing a meetup the W3C TAG hosted last month. For some reason, I was having difficulty adding comments there. Hi Jo, Thanks for the thoughtful commentary, and for the engaging chat at the meetup. Your post mirrors some of my own thinking about what […]