Highland Fling Flung
Yesterday I attended the eagerly anticipated Highland Fling , the first Scottish web standards conference evar. Alan White did a great job of attracting top speakers, and they didn't disappoint on the day. Even Mark Norman Francis struggled manfully on despite obvious discomfort from what sounded like a savage throat infection - what a pro. I'm sure his description of Flickr as "criminally inadequate" can be blamed on medication.
All of the sessions featured high quality content expertly delivered, but my personal pick was brothercake's session, "What has Ajax done for us anyway", telling it like it is where Ajax is concerned. Jeremy Keith gets the intellectual award, for his historical allegory, and the explanation of memetics, the origin of the (apparently misnamed) concept of web "memes". And he mentioned Revish, which was nice.
The audience seemed to take a little while to warm-up - if it had been a comedy gig at least one of the acts would have uttered the words "tough crowd tonight" under their breath. That said I heard nothing but positive comments from the other delegates, which bodes well for the future of the web standards community (or industry) in Scotland, and the prospects for Highland Fling II next year. A fine evening of drink and food followed, although I have to confess to missing the last pints of the night (morning?) as I retired to my hotel to prepare for this afternoon's Refresh Edinburgh .
- Mark Norman Francis - Graded Browser Support
- Andy Budd - The Future of CSS
- Drew McLellan - Can your website be your API?