Zeldman leads Blue Beanie Day 2012

Today is Blue Beanie Day 2012, enabling web designers and developers the world over to look nattier in knitted blue hats (or digital equivalents). Standards advocate and the industry's original blue-hatted one, Jeffrey Zeldman, told .net although many designers now assume the standards battle has been won, support is now even more critical: "This is the year multi-device design broke big, and in that world, web standards matter more than ever. Call it mobile, responsive, or multi-device: however you frame it, it wouldn't be possible without HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and the thinking of the web standards movement."

He noted core ideas of the web standards movement emphasised accessibility and SEO, which got corporate folk on board. HTML5 and CSS3 then sprang from new work being done by designers: "This made the iPhone and Android possible. Without web standards, you've got no smartphones, no in-between devices, no always-on devices or always-connected users—and none of the new forms of content, shopping, and interaction that an always-connected network of devices makes possible."

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