Legible markup and an open web

“Illegibility comes from complexity without clarity. I believe that the legibility of the source is one of the most important properties of the web. It’s the main thing that keeps the door open to independent, unmediated contributions to the network. If you can write markup, you don’t need Medium or Twitter or Instagram (though they’re nice to have). And the best way to help someone write markup is to make sure they can read markup.”

Everything Easy is Hard Again (Frank Chimero)

With the growing popularity of jamstack it feels like we’re returning to legible markup. Old web applets and iFrame widgets make way for pure Javascript APIs.

VW’s new electric boogaloo

” At major global car exhibitions, Volkswagen AG typically presents itself as a big, happy family, where each brand—budget-oriented Seat and Skoda, VW proper, luxury Audi, road rockets Porsche, Lamborghini, and Bugatti—gets equal time to flaunt its latest innovations. But in Frankfurt this September, the choreography was different, with the company devoting the entire preshow press conference to a single diminutive model: an all-electric hatchback called the ID.3. “

VW’s $50 Billion Moonshot Bet on an Electric Hatchback (Businessweek)

We switched from a 2013 Honda Civic LX to a 2019 Volkswagen Golf back in August.

We fell in love with the car while on our honeymoon in Tuscany and, I gotta say, I adore driving it.

I was also eyeing the e-Golf, but with Ontario’s PC government pulling the plug on electric car incentives, I couldn’t stomach the price. Or the thought of running out of power during a long-haul drive.

Nonetheless, I’m glad to see VW go all-in on electric vehicles. It’s the future. I agree. It’s just a question of when and how they roll out.

Digital literacy across generations

” Technology is changing faster each year. Digital literacy can vary between ages but there are lots of ways different generations can work together and empower each as digital citizens.”

Empowering Generations of Digital Natives (WordPress.org)

Last week was Digital Citizenship Week and I had absolutely no idea that this was even a thing. (Oops.)

There were a few good posts published last week from Yvette Sonneveld, the marketing team rep for Make WordPress. They cover an intersection of WordPress and digital citizenship and are worth skimming, at the very least:

We’re putting some of this advice into practice through our local WP Durham meetups. I also touched on some of it in my talk at WordCamp Niagara last week.

These community events — meetups, WordCamps, unconferences (sup PodCamp Toronto?) — are all facets of digital citizenship. They take the online offline, offering in-person experiences to complement what we do on the web.