Author Archives: alex

Uncomfortably Excited

Jeremy Keith is wringing his hands about Web Components. I likewise can’t attend the second Extensible Web Summit and so have a bit of time to respond here. Full disclosure: I helped design Web Components and, with Dimitri Glazkov and Alex Komoroske, helped lead the team at Google that brought them from concept to reality. […]

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 […]