I am making this post for two reasons.
- Everyone is making similar posts.
- It’ll be fun to come back to this list at the end of the year to see how correct I was.
People will understand why IE sucksWe know why IE sucks, but the regular user doesn’t even know of his options. Alternative browsers that provide a better surfing environment will make users turn to them. Firefox will lead this bunch, probably breaking the 50% browser share barrier.
Developers will still not take to XHTMLDevelopers will realize that XHTML validation is a lot of work and not really worth the effort. Web pages will continue to use HTML. We will use the lessons we’ve learnt from XHTML, like semantics, separation of code and content, CSS based design and accessibility driven design, but the web pages will continue to be invalid XHTML, and people will discover that the validation doesn’t really matter at all. XHTML will be used only by purists. It will remain a great idea that we can’t use yet.
More Web ApplicationsThere’ll be more applications running off a browser over the Internet. I can already feel this happening with me – I probably use fewer desktop applications than web applications. More and more system independent applications will run off the browser.
Brower independence will be in vogueSites that work only in one browser will be looked down upon. Most such sites will alter their code to accommodate multiple browsers or otherwise be totally browser independent.
Mobile browsing will be more important than everIn the long term future, I don’t see people using a desktop computer just to check mail or send an IM. Instead, such things can be done faster and more efficiently on a mobile device, like a phone. Good browsing capabilities for such phones will be very important, and we’ll see crucial steps being taking in that direction this year.
Most of these are rather obvious. But then, not always is the obvious the necessary consequence. Let’s see what happens at the end of the year.
Happy new year to one and all. Hope the year is great for you.