What I like about the Web

The Mozilla thimble homepage

I’m a fan of the open Web for many reasons, but if I had to pick one, it’s that anyone can participate without having to ask for permission. By participate, I don’t only mean “use”, but also “create” and “experiment” – the beauty of the Web is that it’s not only “read” but also “write”. Unlike TV and radio, we’re not limited to consuming the media, but we can also produce content and invent the future of the medium. Let me elaborate:

Using the Web is easy. You need a PC, an Internet connection and a Web browser (Firefox, anyone?). You could use a mobile phone too (Firefox for Android, anyone?).

But editing and creating a Web page is also possible. One could do it the hard way with a text editor (there is one by default on your PC), learning by examining the source files, and guided by freely-accessible documentation on HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

Luckily, things have recently gotten much easier, thanks to Mozilla Webmaker:

All of these tools and initiatives come from Mozilla’s WebMaker program. Why does Mozilla do this? Because we want to make the Web better. We want to help the world increase their understanding of the web and take greater control of their online lives.

I’m sure that with this approach, some kids will have great ideas and will create fantastic Web applications down the road. They won’t have to ask permission to anyone for this. This approach enables freedom, innovation, and opportunities on the Web.

This is why I’m such a fan of the open Web.

1 response

  1. Roger Faus wrote on :

    Thanks for this post. Excellent
    Roger Faus