In a blog post based on his recent WebVisions Barcelona talk (available via YouTube), Mozilla developer evangelist Christian Heilmann has urged those in the web industry to “make space for the next users of the web”.
Heilmann said that the web industry needs a reminder of the original concept of the web, which was “fundamentally designed to work for all people, whatever their hardware, software, language, culture, location, or physical or mental ability”. Now, though, instead of a “fiercely flexible” web, he argued too often that sites “overload users on the desktop with lots of widgets and an avalanche of content” and “we limit the mobile interfaces to the bare minimum, in many cases not even in a working fashion”. In the latter case, he reasoned companies often resort to mobile app doorslams to deal with the failure.
He also thought people within the industry should communicate more, share more knowledge, and recognise the inherent hardware-agnostic nature of the web. Without doing so, he warned “the web as we know it will play a second role to closed systems”. As always, these would eventually fade away, but the diversion would be a “big waste to spend lots of money and effort when we already have something that works”—namely the open web.