shawnlukas

The Shape of Web

Words by Shawn Lukas

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It wasn’t until half-decade ago I be­came a stu­dent of code. Oft, oft, I’d surf the Web or poke the brows­er by view­ing source and in­spect­ing el­e­ments. And in good days I’d catch a few good waves, grin­ning and whirling be­tween the o’l and the neo, on­line and offline.
So what pulled me by ear to this en­rich­ing de­sign medi­um? I bite my teeth and con­fess that text made me do it. And if you’re a typowozniak you’ll know the deal. The zeal to treat text as UI earns a spot in your tool­box. But it wasn’t just text that did it for me.

When the weavers re­leased some sort of sonata for the Web, among all seven keys, one note that struck me most was Uni­ver­sal Ac­cess. Any­one with any de­vice of In­ter­net shall ac­cess any con­tent on the Web. What else is the Web for anyways—if not for shar­ing snip­pets of pink pup­pies de­vot­ed to sisterhood.
In turn I add fourth and fifth to my best-of list. I nail two with one and claim that no one under the sun, or even over the moon, en­joys slow web pages and fishy URLs—yet I doubt a Monk would disagree.

Even­tu­al­ly when one ques­tion that any­one can guess I ask when I talk to my­self arise, I dare wear a smile and af­firm that the Web I know of has no shape. It’s been fluid from the be­gin­ning and has adopt­ed new ter­mi­nol­o­gy. The neo web is the same o’l web.
As for my best-of five lis­ti­cle, that is: peo­ple, ty­pog­ra­phy, uni­ver­sal ac­cess, per­for­mance, and URLs, I don’t re­al­ly see any­thing else hold­ing that top spot ex­cept the very tool that shapes our en­rich­ing medi­um. We are for the web and so is the web for everyone.