- Working on the first book for Web Directions Press, on Offline Web Apps with HTML5, covering AppCache, File API, File System API, webStorage, IndexedDB, and HTTP Caching.
- Finalising Web Directions South 2013, our web design & development conference
With a background in computer science and mathematics, and a great deal of good fortune, my life collided with the web in the early 1990s.
For nearly 20 years I've developed software and written books, courses, tutorials, and articles for web designers and developers. I speak not infrequently on all things web in Australia and around the world.
I'm one of the founders of the Web Directions Conferences.
In 2000, I wrote A dao of web design for A List Apart. Described as "A manifesto for anyone working on the web" by Jeremy Keith, and cited as a key inspiration for Responsive Web Design by Ethan Marcotte. It outlined the idea that the Web is its own medium, and we must embrace its characteristics, not decry them as bugs. It's gratifying to have something written so (relatively) long ago still remembered.
Read my detailed bio for some more if you're interested.
Currently our main conferences are
- Web Directions South, held each year for the last decade in Sydney, Australia, with a focus on both development, and web, UX and interaction design. Web Direction South '13 takes place October 24 & 25.
Web Directions also organized GovHack, the first ever government supported hack day, in Canberra, Australia October 2009, and numerous other hack events.
See videos of some amazing presentations from past Web Directions conferences to get a sense of what the fuss is all about.
For the last 15 years, along with Maxine Sherrin, I've run Western Civilisation pty. ltd. (westciv), a software development company. We publish the successful, highly regarded Cascading Style Sheet development software Style Master, for both Mac OS X and Windows. We have also previously published Layout Master, a tool for developing CSS based HTML and XHTML page layouts, and Palimpsest, a sophisticated hypertext based knowledge management tool.
I continue to develop tools to help developers work with HTML and CSS. At Web Directions Tools you kind find tools to help work with HTML5 Audio, Video, Application Cache, and canvas, as well as CSS 3 transforms, animations, gradients, and all sorts of other CSS3 properties.
XRAY is a bookmarklet for Internet Explorer 6+, and Webkit and Mozilla based browsers (including Safari, Firefox, Camino or Mozilla). Use it to see the box model for any element on any web page.
MRI is a bookmarklet for Internet Explorer 6+, and Webkit and Mozilla based browsers (including Safari, Firefox, Camino or Mozilla). Use it to test and explore selectors.
Style Master is the leading cross platform CSS developments software, with tens of thousands of users around the world. It's the oldest, and yet most frequently updated CSS development tool on either platform. Version 5 for the Mac OS was released in May 2009.
Developing with Web Standards
A companion to Jeffrey Zeldman's legendary "Designing with Web Standards", Developing with Web Standards, published November 2009 is a deep technical dive into HTML and XHTML (including HTML5), CSS (including CSS3), the DOM, SVG, Canvas, accessibility and much more. Huge, detailed and comprehensive, for first timers, and web professionals alike.
I am asked often to speak at conferences, and do my best to say yes. Here are some recent videos.
Full Frontal 2012
Web Directions Code 2012
Email me if you would be interested in my speaking at your conference or other event.