Embrace the Platform

For the third year in a row, CSS-Tricks is doing an End of Year series with posts from several web developers. This time, Chris asked all selected developers the same question: What is the one thing people can do to make their website better?

All submissions are being published on a dedicated 2021 End of Year Thoughts page. Earlier this week my submission “Embrace the Platform” was added to the list.

In my post, I first take a step back into the past, in order to move forward and provide a proper answer to the question. Central themes are The Rule of Least Power, Resilience, and Progressive Enhancement.

By embracing what the web platform gives us — instead of trying to fight against it — we can build better websites.

Keep it simple. Apply the Rule of Least Power. Build with progressive enhancement in mind.

HTML, CSS, and JavaScript — in that order.

Is what I’m saying there all new? Of course it’s not. If you’ve ever seen or heard a talk by Jeremy Keith — a person who has been of great influence throughout my career — this will all sound very familiar. Is what I’m saying there relevant? In times where JavaScript is eating the world: more than ever.

Be sure to give the other submissions a read as well. Some good high-quality stuff in there. Also great to see some recurring themes, knowing that each author wrote their piece independent from each other.

Embrace the Platform →


Published by Bramus!

Bramus is a frontend web developer from Belgium, working as a Chrome Developer Relations Engineer at Google. From the moment he discovered view-source at the age of 14 (way back in 1997), he fell in love with the web and has been tinkering with it ever since (more …)

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