The new duo in web 2020 – interoperability and extensibility

The web has changed a lot in the past years, with new trends waxing and waning in the tech scene. Some of these trends helped make web services better without any effort, while some were not exactly worth the effort at all. But today we are not going to talk about past trends and how they affected the web.

With this article, we are going to explore the two major trends the web community is sprinting towards- interoperability and extensibility. We are going to check out what they mean and what will be the consequences of these trends on the web community.

Interoperability: linking services across the tech stacks

The world of the web is truly diverse. With hundreds of different tech stacks being used to create different web services, it is kind of problematic when enterprises are trying to integrate two different types of service framework on one platform. The contrasting technologies have the chance of clashing against one another, but they usually don’t, all thanks to interoperability.

Different companies these days are frequently switching between different tech stacks, integrating multiple tech stacks within the system in a bid to safeguard existing frameworks in case of future change (which is inevitable in the world of web).

Let’s how software interoperability can be implemented through different approaches to web development and deployment. 

1. Interoperability for user experiences: logical properties

The design and development of a web service, whether it is a simple website or a complicated web-based software needs to be in compliance with strict rules that allow the users to enjoy the services on various devices and screens, regardless of reading modes.

With Logical property based web developer tools, designers can challenge the basic mental and traditional models of normal page layout in order to make it more friendly regardless of the reading modes. Logical properties enable the design properties to be interoperable with the user experience. 

Considering the different aspects of user interaction with the website can help challenge and surpass the basic layout traditions of the web. Even something as simple as language can change the way a layout is perceived. Imagine creating a UX layout for the left to right languages, such as English. For a website in such a language, designers would use margins, borders, and padding in a compass-like expression. However, this use will be completely ineffective while designing for a language like Arabic, which is right to left. In this case, the designers need to write padding-inline-start and not padding-left to adjust the layout according to the reading mode. 

2. Web component in development: solving uniformity issues

There is a serious uniformity issue when it comes to component-based architecture in web development and design. There was sadly no standard format the developers could use. But with Web Components, this issue can be easily handled. 

Component-based web development introduces a standardized format for the developers to use, regardless of whether they are using a library or not. These encapsulated web components can function on any browser without any dependencies. Needless to say, with web components, developer experience is enhanced ten times than usual. 

3. Personalizing web experience with preference media queries

The demand for customization while browsing websites is on the rise, and just one mode of the website is not enough for the users anymore. They want and need different versions of the website, some want a dark background, some want high contrast versions while some want to choose a less animated experience from a highly animated website. 

In 2020, we can hope to see some serious advances in preferential media queries by enabling the users to personalize their experience on the web even more compared to now. CMS interoperability will definitely be one of the main tactics used by experienced web development agencies to enhance the process of development.

Let’s talk about extensibility

Status -quo has never satisfied human beings and the rise of web extensibility is proof of that. The trend of web extensibility is all about taking current technology and using it to perform diverse tasks it wasn’t even made to do. This stretching of technology and using that to satisfy the needs of a project is going to become popular in the future.

The extensibility of the web is giving the designers and full-stack web developers a fine opportunity to play around with various features of component-based platforms such as React, Vue, etc, and make the outcome fit their requirements.

Let’s see a few ways designers and developers have been utilizing this technique to enhance the web experience for the users. 

1. Variable fonts and its manifold benefits

Variable fonts are the revolution web font scenario needed, and it is serving really well to increase the popularity of the web extensibility in java. Once there used to be only a few fonts on the web and that too was controlled by the browser. But now thanks to variable fonts, web designers can play around with the fonts on the website, set different values for different variables for the font, and make the website fonts more customizable. The different variables for different font axes help the font to transition smoothly. Needless to say, more and more web design agencies in New York and other major cities are using this technique to make websites more customizable. 

2. CSS houdini: bringing the magic on

It was always a problem when developers tried to make the website look a specific way, but never could because of availability issues. Along with web developer extension, CSS Houdini takes that issue away.

CSS Houdini helps the developers to extend Object Models and assists the browser on how to read and render CSS in a certain way. This results in the inclusion of certain styles that are unique on the web. It is basically a set of different APIs that are used to enhance the performance of the browser and create unique styles for the websites. 

Wrapping up: how will the new trends change the future of the web? 

From a brief look at these new emerging trends such as data interoperability, it is quite clear that we are heading towards a more accessible and user-focused web service development. These trends along with many others are going to be the key to driving more and more developers to use the existing technologies to innovate better experiences on the web.

Pratip Biswas
Pratip Biswas
Pratip Biswas is the Founder and CEO of Unified Infotech, a New York-based web design company that has been featured in Deloitte Fast 500 | Fastest growing tech companies in 2018. His company is working with Enterprises, SMB’s and Start-ups to improve their efficiency through Digital Adoption and help them discover new possibilities through constant innovations. Pratip also writes regularly on Blockchain technology and has been published in publications like "Yourstory", "Dzone" etc.
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