This is a web page.
There’s not much here.
And you’re reading them.
We’ve become obsessed with fancy designs, responsive layouts, and scripts that do magical things.
But the most powerful tool on the web is still words.
I wrote these words, and you’re reading them: that’s magical.I’m in a little city in British Columbia; you’re probably somewhere else.
I wrote this early in the morning, June 20th, 2013; you’re reading it at a different time. I wrote this on my laptop; you could be reading this on your phone, a tablet or a desktop.
You and I have been able to connect because I wrote this and you’re reading it.
That’s the web.
Despite our different locations, devices, and time-zones we can connect here, on a simple HTML page.
I wrote this in a text editor. It’s 6 kB. I didn’t need a Content Management System, a graphic designer, or a software developer.
There’s not much code on this page at all: just simple markup for paragraphs, hierarchy, and emphasis.
I remember teaching my daughter to code HTML when she was 8. The first thing she wrote was a story about a squirrel. She wasn’t “writing HTML”; she was sharing something with the world.
She couldn’t believe that she could write a story on our home computer, and then publish it for the world to see. She didn’t care about HTML; she cared about sharing her stories.
You are still reading.