Computer programs lost something important when displaying a splash of color stopped being one line of code. To throw a phosphorescent splotch onto the display on the Apple II required simply “plot x,y”. That’s no longer true today. When the simplicity of the one-line plotter went away, so did the delight at being so effortlessly generative—in a visual way—on the computer. The Open web, as an authoring enabler, is a compelling move back towards that lost ease.
Recently, there have been three projects from Mozillians that hint at the new places the Web could go.
Third, there is my own ContextFree.js, which is about drawing striking images—and making art—with minimal amounts of code.
It’s exciting to see the power of Open web technologies for making graphically-enabled, compelling interaction. It’s even more exciting to imagine what’s coming next.