Issue 233

Tomorrow is the date that Microsoft said they would begin rolling out the new Chromium-based Edge. So look out for that coming to a Windows desktop near you soon.

On a different subject, yesterday I took a train from my home in Bristol down to Bournemouth to talk to some students about CSS. It made me think back to the various ways that my peers and other generations of web developers came to learn HTML and CSS. For the earliest adopters we learned HTML because it was the only way to put things online. Then there were the generations of developers who started by customizing MySpace or Neopets pages.

Do those entry points even exist today? I've been building a little site on the blogging platform Ghost recently. The subject has nothing to do with web development, and everything to do with wanting to have a nice place to create content. I've been able to set up a blog without needing to touch a line of HTML and CSS. This is fantastic if you consider one of the aims of the web to make it possible for anyone to publish things. Yet it does seem as if we are losing the places where many of us started to figure out how the web worked, in a non-scary way. If you can make a beautiful site in an afternoon without knowing HTML and CSS, what would encourage you back to "Hello, World" and to a bare HTML document?

Rachel Andrew, CSS Layout News