It seems like back in the day every week there was some new article in A List Apart or Digital Web Magazine that just blew your mind. I remember when the thought of getting something published in A List Apart was talked about like you were getting something published in the Harvard Law Review or the American Journal of Medicine.
I used to eagerly download the speaker audio from all the Web developer conferences (An Event Apart, Web Directions South, @Media) because these titans of industry would unlock the solution to some type of major development problem that I had been having for months.
I remember when I’d go into Barnes & Noble and I’d dart for the Web Development section because there was sure to be some kind of new book by one of these titans of industry. I can’t remember the last time I got excited about a new Web development book.
I remember when being appointed to a Web Standards Project task force was considered “making it.”
It really seems like all the excitement around things like Web standards, Web accessibility, microformats, and such has stopped completely. Granted I’m in a bit of a differnet line of work now but I still stay pretty tuned into that scene.
Is this good? Have we achieved success? Is the world accessible and standards compliant… or have we just become incredibly complacent?
I don’t think we’ve achieved complete success. I think there is still a lot of work to do. But how does Web standards get its sexy back?