2008 was pretty exciting on the web, wasn’t it? The continuing rise of social media, mobile internet, APIs, frameworks… it’s getting harder to keep up with it all.
I won’t be so bold as to make any specific predictions about the year ahead — more of the same is my best guess! — but here are a few articles I’ve read recently which have an eye on the future.
Don’t get too excited about the first point (‘new HTML elements that improve our ability to describe content’) as there’s no way for them to degrade gracefully in many browsers, but the rest are pretty interesting and — importantly — already being implemented.
Maybe on the mobile web, where the SVG‐compliant Safari and Opera (and perhaps Firefox/Fennec in the future) are commonplace, but IE doesn’t support SVG and perhaps never will.
Although the digital sector seems pretty healthy at the moment, the global recession is bound to bite harder next year. These articles give some practical advice on how to make sure you don’t get bitten too.
Early 2009 should also see new releases of each of the major browsers: IE8, Firefox 3.1, Safari 4, Opera 10, and a bug-free version of Chrome; lots of new features to play with and — crucially — a standards‐compliant base to develop on.