Wider Web Lingo

People sling around a lot of lingo when talking about the wider web, and even the term "wider web" is lingo!

So, I wrote a series of short posts defining words and phrases.

This post defines the wildest, widest term of them all:

The wider web is a near future web that responsively supports:

The links in the definition above have more information about each aspect of the wider web.

One somewhat subtle aspect of the name "wider web" is that we're opening our arms wider to welcome more people. People with different abilities. People with different attitudes (except fascism). People with different wants and needs.

Here's a handy infographic that I made with my very own eternal newbie hands:

Wider web infographic with display modes and new input types

If you're interested in making the wider web then you might be interested in this post about PotassiumES, a wider web app framework.

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  • What is PotassiumES?

    This is a post about PotassiumES, an ECMAScript library that enables browser-side development for the wider web. If you're not sure about the wider web, click that link because otherwise the rest of this post won't make a lick of sense.

  • Wider Web Lingo: Voice

    There's a lot of lingo around the wider web so this is one of a series of short definition posts.

    Voice: Phrases or other vocal noises that can be recognized and used as input

    Computers are getting pretty good at understanding ...

  • Wider Web Lingo: Gesture

    There's a lot of lingo around the wider web so this is one of a series of short definition posts.

    Gesture: A body motion that can be recognized and used as input

    Computers are getting better at watching how we position ...

  • Wider Web Lingo: More Hugs, Fewer Thugs

    There's a lot of lingo around the wider web so this is one of a series of short definition posts.

    More hugs, fewer thugs

    The wider web is inherently more intimate than the flat web that you hold in your hand ...

  • Wider Web Lingo: Spatial Controls

    There's a lot of lingo around the wider web so this is one of a series of short definition posts.

    Spatial controls: Interactive visual elements that are placed in the real or virtual environment

    Unlike page controls or overlay controls (the ...

  • Wider Web Lingo: Overlay Controls

    There's a lot of lingo around the wider web so this is one of a series of short definition posts.

    Overlay controls: Visual elements that seem to sit on top of a portal display

    Overlay controls on the wider web float ...

  • Wider Web Lingo: Page Controls

    There's a lot of lingo around the wider web so this is one of a series of short definition posts.

    Page controls: Visual elements that you're used to on the web like buttons, images, text fields, and blocks of text ...

  • Wider Web Lingo: Wand

    There's a lot of lingo around the wider web (which is itself lingo) so this is one of a series of short definition posts.

    Wand: A handheld device with tracked orientation and position, often with touchpads, thumbsticks, buttons, or other controls ...

  • Wider Web Lingo: Immersive Display

    There's a lot of lingo around the wider web (which is itself lingo) so this is one of a series of short definition posts.

    Immersive display: A display into a real or virtual environment that covers most of your field of ...

  • Wider Web Lingo: Flat Display

    There's a lot of lingo around the wider web (which is itself lingo) so this is one of a series of short definition posts.

    Flat display: A display that does not change its view as your position changes.

    This is the ...