Web Professional Trends for 2013 – Interview with Eric Meyer

What’s in store for 2013 for Web Professionals Interview with Eric Meyer, author Web design consultant

In this seven minute interview with Eric A. Meyer, an American web design consultant, author, sought after speaker best known for his advocacy work on behalf of web standards, most notably Cascading Style Sheets, a technique for managing how HTML is displayed, we learn his perspective on the topic of Web Professional Trends for 2013.


Specifically we learn about:

* Advanced Layout advancements and Flex Box specifications
* Grid Layout Module advancements and multiple browser support
* Advice for practicing Web professionals
* Advice for aspiring Web professionals

More about Flexbox

According to the w3c, the specification describes a CSS box model optimized for user interface design. In the flex layout model, the children of a flex container can be laid out in any direction, and can “flex” their sizes, either growing to fill unused space or shrinking to avoid overflowing the parent. Both horizontal and vertical alignment of the children can be easily manipulated. Nesting of these boxes (horizontal inside vertical, or vertical inside horizontal) can be used to build layouts in two dimensions.

More about Grid Layout

According to the w3c, CSS is a simple, declarative language for creating style sheets that specify the rendering of HTML and other structured documents. This module contains CSS features to describe layouts at a high level, meant for tasks such as the positioning and alignment of “widgets” in a graphical user interface or the layout grid for a page or a window.

A layout grid or “template” defines one or more “slots” that an element’s content can flow into. This allows elements to have complex shapes and it allows the visual order to be different from the order of the elements in the source document.

A ‘::slot’ selector allows elements to be styled differently based on which slot they appear in.

More about Eric

Eric A. Meyer has been working with the Web since late 1993 and is an internationally recognized expert on the subjects of HTML and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). He is the principal consultant for Complex Spiral Consulting and lives in Cleveland, Ohio, which is a much nicer city than you’ve been led to believe. A graduate of and former Webmaster for Case Western Reserve University and an alumnus of the same fraternity chapter to which Donald Knuth once belonged, Eric coordinated the authoring and creation of the W3C’s CSS Test Suite and has recently been acting as List Chaperone of the highly active css-discuss mailing list. Author of “Eric Meyer on CSS” (New Riders), “Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide” (O’Reilly & Associates), “CSS2.0 Programmer’s Reference” (Osborne/McGraw-Hill), and the fairly well-known CSS Browser Compatibility Charts, Eric speaks at a variety of conferences on the subject of standards, CSS use, and Web design. For nine years, he was the host of “Your Father’s Oldsmobile,” a weekly Big Band-era radio show heard on WRUW 91.1-FM in Cleveland. When not otherwise busy, Eric is usually bothering his wife Kat in some fashion.

One thought on “Web Professional Trends for 2013 – Interview with Eric Meyer

  1. The Web Design Guy

    With IE10 being out now, how long do you think it will be before MS will discontinue IE7, and 8?

    I do agree with your tables comment, but CSS is far much better now a days esp for responsive web.

    Thanks again for the info!

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