The Web Ahead

The Web Ahead

A weekly conversation about changing technologies and the future of the web — discussing HTML5, mobile, responsive design, emerging web standards, and more.

Hosted by Jen Simmons.

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#81: Changing the Shapes with Sara Soueidan

September 2, 2014 at 7:00AM • 1 hour 8 minutes

So far, page layout on the web has consisted of a lot of boxes stacked on top of boxes — rectangular columns everywhere. That's about to change. New specifications, including CSS Shapes and CSS Exclusions, are about to the change the shape of page. Sara Soueidan joins Jen Simmons to explain.

#80: The Complexity and the Humanity with Trent Walton

August 26, 2014 at 6:45PM • 1 hour 12 minutes

Web projects have gotten very complex in the last few years, but the hardest part isn't the technology — it's the humanity. The success or failure of big projects is contingent on leadership, vision and planning. Trent Walton joins Jen Simmons to tell tales of working on the homepage and other big projects — sharing what can go right and what can go wrong. He also talks about reviving the original 1994 version of, and the importance of archiving the web.

#79: Advanced Git with Tobias Günther

August 18, 2014 at 1:00PM • 1 hour 21 minutes

Git is a powerful tool for helping developers collaborate, organize, and code at their best. But like anything powerful, Git can be confusing and overwhelming. Tobias Günther joins Jen Simmons to explain how to get through the pain points. They talk about branching, team workflows, remote servers, submodules, GUI tools, and more.

#78: Offline with John Allsopp

July 30, 2014 at 6:30PM • 1 hour 21 minutes

App cache, web storage, Index db, and others are powerful new technologies that change the nature of the web. These technologies are mature and ready-to-use, but so far, we aren't seeing them be used very much. Why? What is possible? What could change? John Allsopp joins Jen Simmons to discuss.

#77: Advanced Accessibility with Derek Featherstone

July 17, 2014 at 9:45AM • 1 hour 20 minutes

What are some of the biggest challenges when it comes to making a website fully accessible? Keyboard access and form design can make some of the biggest differences, and present some of the biggest challenges. Derek Featherstone joins Jen Simmons to explain.

#76: Videoblogging with Jay Dedman, Ryanne Hodson and Michael Verdi

July 3, 2014 at 9:15AM • 1 hour 8 minutes

Ten years ago, a small group started an email list to figure out how to put video on the web. They ended up starting a movement, posting videos, breaking through technical barriers, and inventing a new medium. Jay Dedman, Ryanne Hodson and Michael Verdi join host Jen Simmons to tell the story in another edition of The Web Behind.

#75: Creative Direction with Andy Clarke

June 26, 2014 at 1:15PM • 1 hour 18 minutes

Has how we approach web design become too formulaic and rote? Are we missing the opportunity to truly communicate a site's purpose and meaning? What about web design have we lost, or maybe haven't yet found? How can we understand our work as designers when even words about our work fail us?

#74: HTML Semantics with Bruce Lawson

June 18, 2014 at 3:45PM • 1 hour 2 minutes

HTML5 brought more semantic elements to HTML. How's that going? Why should developers use semantic HTML? Bruce Lawson joins Jen Simmons to discuss HTML, semantics, accessibility, ARIA roles, microformats, microdata, RDFa, web components and more.

#73: DRM with Jeremy Keith and Doug Schepers

June 13, 2014 at 1:30PM • 1 hour 41 minutes

DRM has been long touted as the solution to piracy. Recently, a few browser makers and big media companies have pushed DRM technology into the web browser — while open web advocates have fought to prevent DRM on the web. What is DRM? Why and how are companies putting it into web browsers? And what solutions would be better? Jeremy Keith and Doug Schepers join Jen Simmons to debate DRM on the web.

#72: Style Guides with Anna Debenham

June 5, 2014 at 11:00AM • 1 hour 18 minutes

Style guides, once the exclusive domain of print designers, are finding their way onto the web. Built out of HTML and CSS, such style guides are handy tools for the design process, for maintaining sites over time, and for making collaboration across teams much easier. Anna Debenham joins Jen Simmons to explain.