This month's Refresh Miami was held at the elegant Mayfair Hotel ballroom in Coconut Grove. It seemed like an unlikely place for geeks, what with the fancy decor and mood lighting. Had we all been wearing tuxes and gowns, it could've easily been mistaken for a geek prom.
Seriously. On the menu were complimentary hors d'oeuvres, cocktails from a cash bar, and, of course, geeky presentations that had everyone salivating over the latest in web design. Kudos to Mayfair Hotel for supporting geek talk in Coconut Valley.
Nick Dominguez (@nicolau), a South Florida designer, talked about the new kid on the block, HTML5, which will apparently blow former versions of Hyper Text Markup Language out of the water. (HTML is a coding language that builds web pages.)
According to Dominguez, HTML5 is exciting because it's innovative.
Designers will be able to manipulate audio and video without having to
use applications like Flash. HTML5 will also allow for new services.
"We have plenty of photo editors out there online, but expect to see a
great video editor in a few years," he said.
An online video
editor? Though it went unsaid, yours truly had to wonder if this would
finally improve the quality of amateur porn. God bless technology.
Like Dominguez, Jennings went all ga-ga about the coolest thing in web
design since sliced bread -- CSS3. (CSS stands for Cascading Style
Sheets. It's a coding language that brings bling to web pages, making
them look all sexy.) According to Jennings, CSS3 will let designers
add rounded corners, text and box shadows, opacity options and other
stylistic features without having to use actual graphics.
Dominguez and Jennings agreed on the importance of adopting advances in
design. "We have a responsibility as developers and web designers to
innovate," Jennings concluded.
of Mozilla. The hefty paperbacks got nabbed faster than a stack of
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Hustler magazines in a mens' locker room. A group from the crew then
proceeded to Barracuda's for beers and a very lively debate on the
state of tech in South Florida.
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