The web isn’t done—openly shared hypertext is just getting started, growing into new interaction capabilities. The web now supports not only multiple screens, but multiple kinds of device interactions.
- We tend to all gravitate to one thing for a while and then the hotness is over there, then we all gravitated, and we say that thing we were doing before is dead. There's a lot that can be done to continue to push the web as an interesting platform for creativity, for expression. - We want the web to continue to evolve but we want the fundamental characteristics of the web to remain the royalty-free nature, the fact that it's built on top of the url, the hyper-text idea of the web.
The way that the web is increasingly putting it's tendrils into the computer or the device or the mobile device that you are using, or indeed, through Bluetooth and other mechanisms, other devices around you, those are all ways in which the web continues to evolve, but it still remains, at its core, the web. - Watching people understand that the web can be a first class application platform if only we let it.
Watching people's excitement at being able to be a real application without changing anything about how you build it and how you deliver it, just urls, HTML, and the real honest-to-goodness web all the way down, that has been incredibly gratifying for me. - Especially when you start talking about building responsive web applications, that can address the user across multiple different platforms, you have the opportunity to reach a huge audience just in that first moment of contact.
And that's, I think, a hugely powerful tool. - We're only seeing how easy it is to distribute our content, our applications, across multiple devices, in ways that are just much easier to do because of the share technology. That you don't have to rebuild the same thing over and over again for every single platform. - It's the ability to create an experience, and hand it to somebody else without asking anybody for permission.
Without going through creating, minting, signing, and pushing a binary to somebody else. It's the ability to start publishing without gatekeepers. And maybe nobody pays attention, and that's okay. But, not being able to say it in the first place, that's fundamentally different kind of constraint, and I think the sort of constraint that we should all be uncomfortable with. The web is unique, in that it hasn't had that constraint. I think it is the most democratizing system of our generation.
In the film, Matt Griffin knits together a narrative from dozens of conversations with important figures from throughout the web's history. He interviews Tim Berners-Lee, Denise Jacobs, Jeffrey Zeldman, Ethan Marcotte, Chris Wilson, Lyza Danger Gardner, Eric Meyer, Irene Au, Alex Russell, Trent Walton, Val Head, Jonathan Snook, and many more. The result is a series of unique insights about why the web is structured the way it is, why standards matter, how mobile disrupted everything, and why the web isn't done growing.