BibleTech - Today's Vernacular
9 comments | Posted: 28 January 08 in Tutorials, by Nathan Smith
As you may recall, several months ago I posted about a cool new Christian conference being started up by the folks at Logos Bible Software. The 2008 BibleTech has come and gone. I am happy to say that it was an amazing experience. In a way, it felt a lot like Dallas’ Webmaster Jam Session, in that all the attendees got to know each other, and the venue had no more than two presentations running concurrently each session.
I have to say, I tend to favor small, quality gatherings over giant ones where you get lost in the crowd. At the beginning of BibleTech, nearly 100 attendees passed the microphone and introduced themselves. This was a great way to break the ice. Right from the get-go, it felt like one was amongst friends. Another nice aspect was all the meals were catered. This afforded the opportunity to sit down and talk, rather than worry about food.
While I was initially going to co-present with Matt Hereema, he was unable to make it. However, I had a blast presenting alongside my EMC coworker and fellow IA, Christian Bradford. Our topic was entitled Web Standards: Speaking Today’s Vernacular. Here’s a brief overview, since much of the material was covered verbally, and not via bullet points…
- Churches today haven’t had such a major leap forward in distribution availability since the advent of the Gutenberg printing press.
- Adopting standardized measurements and machinery were key to winning World War II. The “American Standard” was agreed upon 1948.
- We gave examples of pivotal points in history, in which impediments to progress shifted: Wittenberg vs. 95 Theses of Martin Luther; Model T. Ford supplanted by sportier cars; IE6 challenged by Firefox.
- Ancient scribes would carefully reproduce scripture. If there was even one inaccuracy, the copy would be discarded. The same care should be taken with gospel online. Microsoft.com shown by contrast.
- Diagram of Standards in a Nutshell, special thanks to Natalie Jost.
- Mentioned proposed Bibleref microformat, by Sean Boisen.
- Picked on the UMC for using Flash without contingency.
- Mentioned YouVersion.com, a collaborative Bible site.
All in all, the talk went very well. I had a few typos in the slides, accidentally saying Martin Luther posted the 95 Theses to the door of Westminster rather than Wittenberg, and mis-typing Romans 17:19 instead of 7:19. I also said that Roger Johansson is from the Netherlands, rather than Sweden (whoops).
Hopefully my mistakes were forgiven when we gave away ten free books, and even more e-book vouchers. Special thanks to Apress for their generosity.
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