Not so hot on the heals of Tom Scott's development manifesto for the BBC Nature site I thought I'd dig out the old BBC Programmes (@programmes) manifesto. It took a while to track down but eventually turned up in a dusty folder with the title dogma.html...
The timestamp says 14/10/2008 but I think it existed as some post-it notes on a wall several months before that. I know it predated Yves' arrival, so also predated any of the Linked Data work. Which was really just a logical extension rather than any new principles. Anyway, here it is:
- in one web
- in accessibility for people
- in accessibility for machines
- it's a service, not a product
- in designing from the domain model up, not the interface down
- in being RESTful
- in open standards
- in open data
- in linked data
- in fixing the data, not hacking the code
- in links before pages
- that the real value is in the links to other domains
- in designing for the browser in the browser
Like Tom's list we didn't always live up to these standards but they kept us (mainly) honest. I seem to remember we also kept a 'hack log' to keep track of anywhere we evaded our principles for the sake of expedience. Wonder what happened to that?