Text by John Lampard
For many bloggers their writing is a labour of love. And while few could imagine being approached by a publisher and asked to write a book as a result of their efforts, that is exactly what happened to Melbourne web designer Cameron Adams.
Motivated by the prospect of having such an achievement to his name, Cameron required little persuasion.
“Google’s host of applications relied heavily upon it, as did the slew of other Web 2.0, AJAX powered applications, like Flickr, Basecamp, Meebo, and Netvibes, amongst others.”
While collaborating with a partner on the other side of the world had its moments, Cameron and James, communicating mostly via instant messaging, had little trouble establishing a working relationship. The partnership proved extremely worthwhile given James’ considerable expertise in the field, says Cameron.
“He’s probably most well known for his uber–comprehensive menu–ing system, Ultimate Drop Down Menu, which is mouse accessible, keyboard accessible, screen reader accessible, and God knows what else. Llamas can probably use it!”
While writing a book of this nature requires considerable thought, given the rapid innovation and change of web technologies, the proposition is far more viable today, than during the browser wars of the late nineties, for example.
During this period, browser manufacturers often using propriety technologies, were almost making up the rules as they went along. Cameron is confident that with the increasing adoption of web standards, printed technical references will better stand the test of time.