Why are we Working in the Web Industry?


Getting off the Endless Carnival Ride

At this time of year we all get a few days to get off endless carnival ride of our industry, this allows us time to reflect. Or simply unwind and contemplate the old navel lint. It’s at times like this you ask yourself why you really got into the Web Industry in the first place.

Now I’m not talking about because you need to provide or earn a little cash for yourself and your nearest and dearest.  No I’m going beyond the material domain. We all have to earn a living in one shape or another, so let’s just put that aside.

When I was thinking on this, my immediate response was that I work in the industry because of its dynamic ever-changing nature. Not a week goes by when there has not been some change, some enhancement in development or design. This is good, but then this is not really a reason “why”  but a consequence of working in the industry. The real question comes down to what is the core reason you would work in the web industry if you didn’t have any of these considerations. What is your inner passion.

For me personally it’s a desire create, to produce something; something of value. Basically it comes down to a desire to improve the human condition, if only in a small way. What about you? Why are you really working in this industry?

When you think of it, web standards compliance, the web methodology, tools, or the developmental platform you are using, does it really matter. Sure they help a little in the process but do they really provide the final product, are they really critical to it all? I would say not. Yes that’s right all these things are not that important in the final creative process.

Is all this bickering and discussion on the W3C or web standards important in the reality of the design process and for the industry to continue? Well not really, the industry will go on. Creative people will continue to be creative. We will adopt various methods and techniques that we need to implement the designs we are painting in our minds.

The web standards community needs the web industry; not that the web industry needs web standards to survive. We have to remember that at the end of the day.

I’m here to create, how about you?

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  1. I love the web – I think it’s truly a revolutionary medium that has changed the world (and still is doing that). I can’t think of anything better than being part of it. The best is yet to come.

  2. I’m here to create – but I need the standards to introduce some of the powerful creativity of the web into other areas – i.e. education. Personally I work in the web, not on it – as I am not a coder, but a channel through which colleagues, partnerships and friends become part of the wonderful revolutionary web.

    without the standards however, I cannot recommend for example purchase of mobile devices, or suggest that web technology can be rolled out quickly and transform corporate life.

    Personally I am frightened by web standards as they compress creativity, however, aren’t type fonts, grammar, paragraphs etc a ‘standard’ of a kind. without them, we couldn’t access the creativity of literature. I for one never read Finnegans Wake – it was too hard. Professionally I require them in order to make widescale social changes with this wonderful tool…

  3. Im tool guy, i love creating new tools, anything that can make computer life simpler and do some cool stuff with computer.
    I work in web because of the money, cool coding I do after work, on the end of the day everybody wants to earn as much as possible and programmer has to become web-programmer. Internet Explorer is one reason why its not great. AJAX is making web-programming more interesting and cool JS frameworks too.

  4. (edit – removed trollish comment)
    Standards exist to ensure a common interface to a type: we have a standard unit of measurement (metric in non-U.S. countries and in the U.S. in fields of science and engineering), a standard of Internet communication (TCP/IP), a small set of standards for character codes in representing the character values you are reading at this very moment (7 bit ANSI, Unicode (esp. UTF-8 and UTF-16), and so on.

    Standards define an common interface by which 2 objects may communicate. In this comment, the English language is the standard by which you and I are communicating. Imagine if one of us wrote Swahili and the other wrote German: how then would we communicate?

    Hence the need for standards… Web standards ensure that browser authors can write a reasonably-fast browser, rather than having to check an infinite combination of exceptions to their assumptions about web coding.

  5. @anon First of you are not comparing like with like. There are NO web standards in reality as the standards we refer to are really just recommendations. They are not enforced by a standards body. They are not part of the ISO series.

    Do we need them for web design, and to be innovative, no not at all. They maybe even holding people back.

    Just think about, it would we be better off without standards.

    Browser speed has nothing to do with web standards. It’s the core of the rendering engine used.

    @For Future Commenter’s – If the comment is trollish I will delete.

  6. Why am I here? Because I believe the web is the best application delivery tool ever.

    That and the fact that there is always stuff to learn – and I mean real geeky stuff that gets my a little over-excited.

    If we ignore all that new media bull shit – the web is still and awesome place to be in.

  7. Because it pays ! Creation ? I don’t think so, it’s always the same stuff, different colors, different design… I am a programmer, maybe you guys are designers. But in my point of view, web industry is constant repetition -programaticly.

  8. @seb so why not be an accountant. thats constant repetition. 😉

  9. I’m in the industry because HTML/CSS is the first ‘language’ that I understand and enjoy using.

    It creates resources that are accessible to millions, can be commented on, shared, used to teach others or merely provide a simple service.

    It’s an infant industry that is constantly changing and can be changed by individuals.

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