Honor Relics, Embrace Change

by | Jul 27, 2015 | Usability, Web/Tech | 0 comments

An entry on Grammarist.com speaks to the usage of the two word phrase, “web site” vs. the singular, “website.” To wit:

“A few editorially conservative publications still use the two-word Web site, but this relic of the 1990s has fallen out of favor throughout the English-speaking world. The one-word, uncapitalized website now prevails by an overwhelming margin.”

Relic? Ahem.

Against my better judgement, but unwilling to be consigned to the relic pile, myself, I hereby concede the inevitable. Hey, I’m only following the AP Stylebook by 5 years and The New York Times by two!

I feel privileged to argue the grammatical correctness of such terms. When they were coined — yes, way back in the 1990s — I was more concerned about whether or not diving headfirst into those nascent technologies was going to prove a sustainable career.

I’ve seen the evolution of five generations of HTML markup, the genesis of Java, JavaScript, CSS and XML. I’ve played a role in the adoption of new disciplines and practices, from fundamental Web Analytics and Website Usability to Information Architecture, User Experience, Content Strategy… each of them standing on the shoulders of giants, building on the foundations provided by those that came before.

Overall, I’m pleased and gratified to report, it’s worked out pretty well: I’m now in my 20th year of being a career Internet technologist.

And, in the spirit of embracing change, I’m available for hire.

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