On 13 Aug 2003 at 18:43, Diane Soini wrote: > Hello. I'm wondering about the outlook for this career in web design. What horrible stuff to say! Actually industries have a funny way of reversing the leaders into the losers. the industries leaders get to comfortable, and I might even say 'high on themselves', which simply allows another entity to step over the current leader, and into the lead. Heres my opinions where the industry is going: -- Standard complient browsers will take the lead, probally Opera will be most popular on the windows platform, unless open source projects unite in activism. IE will be dead before June next year. -- The whole browser foundation will open up more potentiol users to linux, Mac and BSD, as the new windows supposedly will be years in the making. -- Internet technologies, will begin moving away from MS, and into *nix and open source. But as the internet technologies move, the users will be moving more towards handhelds. -- Java will/is playing a big part on the handheld scene, and clients will be needing custom applications. ( So look into that ) -- As soon as the wireless net connectivity price drops, and the handhelds get a bonus in hardware, handhelds will boom. Right now there are major organizations pumping money into handhelds and the technology that surrounds them. MS and Sun are but two. -- the thing with the cleint side, is quite odd, i can say that the handheld manufacturs will battle over their own terriritory, and that's in display specs. Though Nokia is pushing xhtml over wml. I imagine xml and css will be next. -- the boom will cuase an increase in server side functionality, just from the mass amount of various display increases. -- on the multimedia front, i do not think it will boom big. I however think services will boom, as there will be all these people walking around with these enhanced handhelds, they gotta do something with them.. -- communications might boom, but crappy thing is its mostly in the hands of the telcos, which is what they are depending on, network rental fees, etc. the only solution to the mass money hounding that _might_ happen, are hackers and open source. so there will be an increase of both, cuase the little guys have to survive too. I forecast it will happen in 2 years. For developers, the industry already changes quickly, it will be just one more change to keep up with. MS will try to control the internet, but it would have moved to wireless already. AOL will probally put both IE and Mozilla on their CDs, and sooner or later users will hear about Mozilla. that's where the standard play comes in, and the developer lead open source activism. Flash may make a move. Java is already there. Nokia might be the main hardware. and we will see an increase of power moving through out the industry. Just my speculation.