Visual appearance is important when creating a website, but the backend is paramount to the overall product. The semantic markup is intricate and complex, but it is the foundation of what we see on the web thanks to The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) team. They develop web standards and are, essentially, the architects of the web.
Fabric Eleven and Spoke 6 were given the advantageous opportunity to host their meeting on Tuesday night. W3C members who work for the industry’s top leaders (The Mozilla Corporation, Google Chrome, Adobe, Microsoft and Tinycss) flew in from across the globe to demonstrate some of their current projects; projects that will change the world of web development in the near future. One of our guest speakers Tab Atkins, from Google Chrome’s web standards team, demonstrated the capabilities of flexbox. Flexbox cuts down and simplifies the steps it takes to manipulate the layout of a site, making production much more efficient. You can easily align content, change the order of child elements without altering the markup and much more. The flexibility is what makes this a great asset, especially for responsive web design.
The meeting, although centric around CSS, had addressed a few advancements that will open doors for typography on the web. Typography features that could only be done through graphic editing software can now be applied through a few adjustments in CSS. The addition of text overflow, text wraps, and text fills to CSS will offer a whole new dimension to web design and push the creative bar further than what it already is now.
These advancements are incredible milestones in the history of the web. We would like to thank Bert Bos, Daniel Glazman, Tab Atkins, Elika Etemad, and Simon Sapin for ensuring the growth of the web through their innovative ideas and hard work. We would also like to thank all those who attended and experienced this once in a life time event with us.