Author Archives: alex

Alice Boxhall for W3C TAG

TL;DR: Having achieved much of what I hoped when running for the TAG six years ago, it’s time for fresh perspectives. Therefore, with my deep and enthusiastic support, Google has nominated Alice Boxhall in the current election. If you work at a W3C member organisation, please seriously consider making Alice your first vote. For the […]

The “Developer Experience” Bait-and-Switch

TL;DR: we cannot continue to use as much JavaScript as is now “normal” and expect the web to flourish. At the same time, most developers experience no constraint on their use of JS…until it’s too late. “JS neutral” (or negative) tools are here, but we’re stuck in a rhetorical rut. We need to reset our […]

Effective Standards Work, Part 2: Threading the Needle

The web standards process fails us too often. This series explores the forces at work, how we’re improving the situation, and how you can shape new features more effectively. “Part 1: The Lay of The Land” discussed persistent challenges in standards and forces that give rise to misunderstandings. It also described the ecosystem dynamics that […]

Effective Standards Work, Part 1: The Lay Of The Land

The web standards process fails us too often. This series explores the forces at work, how we’re improving the situation, and how you can shape new features more effectively. “Why don’t browsers match standards!” muttered the thoughtful developer (just before filing an issue at crbug.com). “The point of standards is so that everything works the […]