Future Friendly - HTML5 Resource of the Day

Brent Schooley / Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Today’s HTML5 resource, Future Friendly is not directly about implementation details. This resource is more about thinking and the way we approach problems on the web as we move forward. The way we have done things in the past will not hold up in the future as standards and technology evolve and the “undersignums” (some of the luminaries in the web space, for sure) of Future Friendly advocate that we begin to change our approach now instead of waiting for the inevitable change to occur.


Future Friendly - A New Hope

The home page of Future Friendly is set up almost like a manifesto that sets up 3 goals for making the future friendly:

  1. Acknowledge and embrace unpredictability.
  2. Think and behave in a future-friendly way. (described in the “Thinking” section of the site)
  3. Help others do the same.

Basically we just need to acknowledge that change is inevitable and act upon this knowledge now as opposed to later. The other areas of the site provide suggestions and resources for future friendly thinking. Some of the concepts in the “Thinking” section of the site include things like Content First and Mobile First design as well as focusing on how data is made available to applications. Definitely check out the Thinking section of the site for more details.

In the spirit of providing resources, I should point out that the site also has a list of “forward-thinking” resources. This list is a collection of all of the links that are mentioned elsewhere on the site. If nothing else, give some of these a read.


Change in the web world is inevitable. New devices, new web standards, and an ever evolving UX landscape will keep us on our toes at an always increasing pace. It is good to know that many of the great minds in the web dev/design space are thinking ahead. They’re also advocating for us to do the same, and I whole-heartedly agree.


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