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A Love Letter to HTML, a keynote at jQuery UK

A Love Letter to HTML, a keynote at jQuery UK

25 years ago, the web was started as an idea for how to organise communication between a diverse group of people on a wide variety of devices. At the core, HTML holds it all together. Why did HTML and the web grow to dominate all other hypertext systems that came before, and go on to revolutionise human interaction? What is it about HTML that we should remember and respect, even as the web platform grows and changes?

Presented at jQuery UK, 16 May, 2014, in Oxford, England.
Read the audience reaction: https://storify.com/jensimmons/jquery-uk-talk

Jen Simmons

May 16, 2014

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  32. Why?

  33. Flexible

  34. “I would have to create a system with common rules

    that would be acceptable to everyone. This meant as close as possible to no rules at all. This notion seemed impossible until I realized that the diversity of different computer systems and networks could be a rich resource — something to be represented, not a problem to be eradicated.” — Tim Berners-Lee
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  40. Designed to Reduce Barriers to Entry

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  45. “The magic of the web is getting to know other

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  47. Thanks! Jen Simmons @jensimmons The Web Ahead 5by5.tv/webahead