Understanding The Web

| May 6, 2010

Ben Ward has written one of the better essays I have read about understanding what the web is and what tools made for the web should do. I encourage reading the entire post but wanted to highlight this almost blatantly obvious, yet wonderful still, quote:

Want to know if your ‘HTML application’ is part of the web? Link me into it. Not just link me to it; link me into it. Not just to the black-box frontpage. Link me to a piece of content. Show me that it can be crawled, show me that we can draw strands of silk between the resources presented in your app. That is the web: The beautiful interconnection of navigable content. If your website locks content away in a container, outside the reach of hyperlinks, you’re not building any kind of ‘web’ app. You’re doing something else.