Vincent Hardy on Adobe Web Platform

This article first appeared in the November 2012 issue (#234) of .net magazine – the world's best-selling magazine for web designers and developers.

.net: How do you see Adobe’s role in developing the Open Web?
VH: One of Adobe’s goals is to enable content authors to create visually outstanding content that can reach their audiences. To that end, as it relates to the web, a few things are important. First and foremost, the ‘web engine’ – the web standards and the browser implementations – needs to enable a high level of creativity and needs to be reliable. While the web engine’s capabilities and interoperability have improved dramatically over the years, some key features are still missing or are only burgeoning, and some interoperability problems persist. So we are engaging in web standards, we contribute to the CSS, HTML and SVG working groups in the W3C, among others, we partner on the open source implementation of some features in the WebKit project, and we are starting to contribute to efforts to improve testing with the Test the Web Forward initiative.

In addition to helping improve the web engine, we are working a lot on letting web developers leverage their skills to create mobile applications with our Cordova and PhoneGap initiatives. We believe this broadens the applicability and usability of web technologies.

Finally, Adobe is focused on continuously improving its tools support and also creating new tools for the new challenges modern web development brings about. Our open source Brackets web code editor is an example of that.

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