Is Your HTML5 10K Apart?Jul 29, 2010 In News By Nishant Kothary
It’s time to get back to the basics—back to optimizing every little byte like your life depends on it. Announcing 10K Apart, a contest for people who make web sites
It was unassuming little web page that posed a singular challenge: could you build a complete website using less than 5 kilobytes?
5K? Was contest creator Stewart Butterfield nuts? The rules of the 5K Awards, in their entirety, read as follows: “All HTML, script, image, style, and any other associated files must collectively total less than 5 kilobytes in size and be entirely self-contained (employing no server-side processing).” Great. All he left out was the part about not using a monitor or keyboard. And the flagellation, of course.
Flagellation, indeed, Mr. Zeldman. But, as he knows all too well,it’s hardly far from reality. Frugality of file size has always been a core tenet of great web development,and still is. That’s why the 5K spirit matters as much today as it did a decade ago.
So, what better time than now—the year of HTML5—to resurrect the 5K Awards? Albeit with a slight facelift and adjusted for inflation.
The premise is intact: Could you build a complete web application using less than 10 kilobytes? But, as mentioned earlier, we’ve taken inflation into account. We’re letting you use jQuery, Prototype and Typekit without it counting toward the 10K (sorry, no back-end, though; client-side only). And we’re giving you 5K more to play with, for those of you who already did the math. A whole 5K. 10240 bytes. Twice as much as your forefathers got!
10K in Prizes
As if the glory and pleasure of optimizing every byte like your life depended on it weren’t enough, we’re also emptying our pockets on this one. We’re giving away prizes that amount to 10,000 bones to 13 winners in all. The grand prize winner will walk away with a $3000 Visa gift card, registration to his or her choice of an AEA event within the next year and a copy of the brilliant book by Jeremy Keith, HTML5 for Web Designers. OMFG is right.
Just One—OK, Five—Catches
4 Weeks & Counting
Well, what are you waiting for? Go forth and build an app (or two, or three) that stands 10K Apart from the rest.