Category Archives: Usability


The question which has been debated around the net is whether W3C should endorse the Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) standard which allows a web page to include encrypted content, by connecting an existing underlying Digital Rights Management (DRM) system in the underlying platform. Some people have protested “no”, but in fact I decided the actual logical […]

Better specifications for the sake of the Web

This post is co-authored by Virginie Galindo and Richard Ishida, currently working hand in hand to promote better wide review of W3C specifications. The Open Web Platform is getting increased traction from new communities and markets thanks to the attractive portability and cross-device nature of its specifications – characteristics which are strengthened by horizontal and […]

Enabling new types of web user experiences

There appears to be lots of detailed discussion of how the web can be improved but little agreement on consolidated goals. This document is an opinionated attempt to discuss how interactive web pages could be experienced, articulating the well understood direction, mimicking native apps, but also pointing out two new directions that native apps have little chance to solve.

IndieUI: Events expands user interface interactions for mobile and more

The IndieUI Working Group has published a First Public Working Draft of IndieUI: Events 1.0. IndieUI: Events focuses on common types of user interface interactions that are controlled in different ways across platforms, such as scrolling the view, canceling an action, changing the value of a user input widget, selecting a range, placing focus on an object, etc. These user intentions can be inferred from hardware- and platform-specific user interactions through the keyboard, mouse, speech, or touch input.