This week on New Tech Forum, we have a discussion about the past, present, and future of the Web and Web development from Divya Manian and Thibault Imbert, Web product manager and Web Group Product Manager, respectively, at Adobe.
As Web standards move forward, we're seeing a substantial change in the possibilities of Web development and rich Web applications. New Web development frameworks and developer tool sets are appearing and growing more popular by the day, alongside advances in browser rendering engines. Together, this is causing the Web development model to grow by leaps and bounds.
HTML5 is clearly at the forefront of this movement. Divya and Thibault lay out how HTML5 is changing the game, and what Adobe is doing to help foster the future vision of the World Wide Web. -- Paul Venezia
The evolving, expressive Web
The beauty of the Web lies in its reach. All someone needs to do is write a few lines of HTML and post it online, and people all over the world can see the results. This miraculous occurrence is made possible by the widespread adoption of a relatively simple set of standards.
The features of the Web are not created in secrecy. They are specified through discussions on public mailing lists and written down in public specifications. This enables everyone who is interested to contribute to the shaping, testing, and implementation of these features. Contributors can learn from each other -- and, most important, learn from past mistakes -- to continuously move toward a better Web.
This openness is especially important as we move into the next phase of the Web -- where it will become an ever more powerful, collaborative, creative surface. Features that emerged years or even decades ago will evolve and be pressed into service to build the future.