Predictions and hopes for 2006
Last year on this day I posted Predictions and hopes for 2005, a summary of the year 2004 and a few thoughts on the year to come. Now that 2005 is over I thought it would be interesting to take a look at last year’s list.
- Increased demand for web standards and accessibility: Yes, but not to the extent I would like to see.
- Firefox keeps marching on: Yes. Adoption has slowed down, but Firefox and the other non-Microsoft web browsers now have a large enough market share to prevent most attempts at building IE-only sites.
- Use of Macromedia Flash grows up: Not really. There are still many, many Flash-only sites and useless Flash intros being created.
- sIFR backlash: I haven’t noticed any. But then I haven’t seen a whole lot of sIFR on sites outside the “blogosphere” either.
- Screen reading for the masses: Sort of. VoiceOver is included in Mac OS X 10.4 and works reasonably well.
- IE5 joins Netscape 4: IE 5/Mac is very, very close to the edge now, as is IE 5.x/Win. The edge I’m talking about is that of being served no CSS.
- Usability is here to stay: Yes. But the Ajax fad is making me a little bit worried.
- The hacks find other jobs: Unfortunately, no. The majority of people working in the web industry are still hacks who think HTML consists of 10 or so elements (but they call them “tags”) and couldn’t care less about anything beyond how the sites they build look in their browser (which is almost always IE/Win).
- I get to make a difference: Yes. I haven’t been flooded, but I have been working on standards-based redesigns of several sites during 2005. Some are for public sector organisations, some are for companies. More on a couple of those in later posts. I have also been given the opportunity to help improve the Guidelines for Government Web Sites published by the Swedish Government Interoperability Board and held several courses on web standards and accessibility.
- I buy a house: Yes! After spending over a year looking at houses, we finally bought one, and got the keys on December 1. Finally, no more having to cope with the incredible amounts of noise coming from the people living upstairs from us.
- More traffic comes this way: Yes. The traffic graph for 2005 is not curved as sharply upward as that for 2004, but the numbers have increased by around 270% since the beginning of the year.
Not too bad.
My thoughts on what 2006 will be like are pretty similar to last year’s list, so I won’t be boring you with a new one. I’m not looking to buy another house just yet though. But maybe a new car.
Happy New 2006!