Tim Berners-Lee’s “20 years ago this month” article for the December issue of Scientific American is a great issue-oriented summary of Web history — and a plea for online entrepreneurs to adopt policies of openness rather than creating “closed worlds.”
“The tendency for magazines, for example, to produce smartphone ‘apps’ rather than Web apps is disturbing, because that material is off the Web. You can’t bookmark it or e-mail a link to a page within it. You can’t tweet it.
“It is better to build a Web app that will also run on smartphone browsers, and the techniques for doing so are getting better all the time.”
Kudos : I was able to copy, paste and share that quote here thanks to the open Web standards begun by Sir Tim and used by Scientific American, WordPress and my Android phone–with the assistance of a WordPress Android app.
Page formatting at Scientific American’s site isn’t entirely small-screen mobile-friendly, but the magazine clearly “gets” Berners-Lee’s belief in two-way hypertext linkage.