Roger Hudson on the evolving web and Webstock interviews

Posted on Sunday, 30 March 2008 by Steve Faulkner

Roger Hudson a friend and esteemed colleague, has taken time to write a thought provoking essay: The Evolving Web – A Pace Layering view of the development of the Web and the W3C.

SUMMARY

The Web today is very different to what it was in 1994, when the World Wide Web Consortium was established. This article looks back at the early history of the Web and uses Pace Layering theory to consider some recent developments and the role of the W3C in the process of change.

Perhaps the Membership and structure of the W3C, which were highly effective in establishing the Web during its first decade, are no longer able to adequately reflect the diverse interests and aspirations of the greatly increased number of Web users today. Also, perhaps it is time for the W3C to break away from its financial dependence on large corporate Members and to start taking a more active role in regulating the Web.

This article draws on the keynote presentation “Web 2.0 and the Concept of Universal Design” by Roger Hudson and Russ Weakley at the OzeWAI Conference in December 2007.

He has also made available from his site, the recent interviews he conducted with Shawn Henry and Molly Holzschlag.

Thank you Roger!

About Steve Faulkner

Steve is the Technical Director at TPG. He joined The Paciello Group in 2006 and was previously a Senior Web Accessibility Consultant at vision australia. He is the creator and lead developer of the Web Accessibility Toolbar accessibility testing tool. Steve is a member of several groups, including the W3C Web Platforms Working Group and the W3C ARIA Working Group. He is an editor of several specifications at the W3C including HTML 5.1, ARIA in HTML, Notes on Using ARIA in HTML and HTML5: Techniques for providing useful text alternatives. He also develops and maintains HTML5accessibility.

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