Shokunin of the web


'Shokunin' is a Japanese word often translated as 'artisan'. But the woodwork master craftsman Tasio Odate writes, "such a literal description does not fully express the deeper meaning. The Japanese apprentice is taught that shokunin means not only having technical skills, but also implies an attitude and social consciousness. The shokunin has a social obligation to work his/her best for the general welfare of the people." Bruce will look at the web standards and the mindset required to be a Shokunin of the web.

Language: English

Level: Intermediate

Bruce Lawson

Web standards Lovegod - -

Bruce is Commissioning Editor for Smashing TV, part of smashing magazine. He co-wrote "Introducing HTML5" and has been involved in web standards since 2002, which is why he looks like this. He's previously been a tarot card reader, a punk musician, an actor, a primary school teacher in Istanbul and Bangkok, a volunteer pharmacist in Calcutta and English tutor to a Princess' daughter, and a Fortran and COBOL programmer. He tweets @brucel and blogs at

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