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    Eric A. Meyer “Death to plugins, JavaScript will save us all”

    Eric A. Meyer “Death to plugins, JavaScript will save us all”
    Anne Helmond
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    Anne Helmond

    Anne is a New Media PhD Candidate and Lecturer at the University of Amsterdam. She is an analyst-designer in the newly found Digital Methods Anne is a New Media PhD Candidate and Lecturer at the University of Amsterdam. She is an analyst-designer in the newly found Digital Methods Initiative of the University of Amsterdam. Anne is also a freelance photographer for various Dutch organizations and media.

    Meyer talks about the next web from a front-end engineering perspective. He explains how JavaScript will help build the next web on top of the web that aleady exists today.
    The Next Web

    For example, YouTube shows the movies in Flash but Flash movies are completely inaccessible to keyboard users. We are paralyzed so we need to bring back control to the user by adding keyword accessible controls to Flash movies:

    Interesting example of how Javascript&CSS makes Flash video much more usable for people that can’t use a mouse, independent of Adobe. @kruithoph

    In the visual realm ever since CSS has been created there has been a lot of talk about fonts. Scalable Inman Flash Replacement (sIFR) uses JavaScript to solve the font issues on the web:

    sIFR is meant to replace short passages of plain browser text with text rendered in your typeface of choice, regardless of whether or not your users have that font installed on their systems. It accomplishes this by using a combination of javascript, CSS, and Flash.

    Typeface.js does the same thing but without the flash and Cufon is a follow up project for customized fonts.

    The JavaScript engine increased in speed due to massive changes. A huge amount of effort was put in the upgrade of JavaScript performance:

    Modern Javascript engines, an order of scale faster than before, are not only interesting, but critical and potentially revolutionary @kruithoph

    Eric Meyer announces the death of plugins as JavaScript will rule the world.

    The Next Web

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