Building a Better Web

by Tom Kenny (@tkenny)

Slides from a presentation (with extra notes) by Ben Schwarz who has decided W3C specs are hard to read and to take some action. Slide number 38:

So, I’ve been trying to read [W3C] specs more than ever. Not only is the language used some form of incompressible bullshit, but the readability of these pages is abysmal.

He puts it even more elegantly in the following slide:

Why does a page have to look like that ugly ass bullshit?

If you’ve ever had to read any W3C specs (and if you haven’t, why not?), you’ll probably agree something needs to be done. Read about the design process on Ben’s blog for how he has improved it dramatically. It boils down to this: download this userscript (Safari 5 users, install NinjaKit for userscript support) to make the W3C specification documents very much more readable. Good work.


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by Tom Kenny

I’m a freelance web designer and front-end developer with 9 years of experience designing for the web. Follow me on Twitter here.