Web trend forecast for 2006

Every year in December, it's entertaining to read the lists of predictions for the coming year that show up on many peoples' blogs. A couple that I've seen so far are Andy Budd's Web Design and Development Trends for 2006 and Cameron Moll's Bold predictions for the savvy designer, 2006 edition.

No major arguments from me against these two gentlemen's lists, but there are a couple of things I'd like to highlight:

  • I hope that the first item on Cameron's "out" list - Page Refreshing - remains the main way of updating the information on a web page. I don't have a problem with using scripting to update a document's content without refreshing the page as long as it is done in an accessible way and has a fallback for browsers with insufficient scripting support.
  • Several people mention dark grey and black backgrounds with light text as something that will be popular in 2006. I would like anyone considering to implement a colour scheme like that to please also provide a dark-on-light scheme for those of us who get a headache from reading light-on-dark text. Thanks.

Posted on December 12, 2005 in Quicklinks, Web General