Though the emphasis on design meant that many people were still enthusiastic about creating comps in Photoshop, one of my favorite talks included Jen Simmons emphasizing an HTML-first approach to page building, getting the structure of the document right before focusing on either style or behavior. The unstyled HTML she showed from the New York Times made clear the tangles that emerge from thinking of markup as just a byproduct of the other work done to build the site. Other talks explored complex interactions between browsers, markup, and styling needed to make responsive web design work.
While I love that Polymer is a surprisingly sudden implementation of ideas I suggested in Stop Standardizing HTML, the part I like better is that this approach to problem-solving makes it easier to include the designers I talked with at Artifact. New markup offering new capabilities is great, especially when it can be styled with familiar tools. Though it’s early, the Polymer approach promises a much easier conversation between designers, programmers, and the developers combining aspects of both.
When the browser has good extension points (or any extension points, really), we live in a virtuous cycle…
I’m hoping to hear a lot more of this kind of conversation at Fluent next week!