Skill level
5 Expert

I learned about HTML in 1991 while working at Lucid. Lucid was located across the street from the Stanford Research Institute (SRI) and SRI allowed us to piggyback onto their connection to the internet (or Arpanet as it was called then). At that time, HTML was all about linking pure text documents together. Hypertext was cool but it wasn't until I started using CERN's Mosaic web browser in 1992 with the ability to embed images and diagrams that I really became excited about HTML. I mostly played with HTML on my own since my professional career, at that time, was developing C++ tools for UNIX. By the mid 1990's Netscape and Internet Explorer had been released but I was still developing C++ tools at Microtec Research (for Windows NT). Both web browsers added support for ActiveX via the HTML <embed> and <object> tags along with <table> layouts and <form> input controls. This was very exciting because now web browsers made universal client/server web apps possible with custom plug-ins. And, being a Window's C++ developer I, of course, created my own ActiveX plug-ins.

With the introduction of the DOM, CSS, JavaScript, Java Applets and Shockwave Flash, I decided that DHTML (as it was called then) was where I wanted to be and I re-invented myself as a web developer by joining OnlneFocus in 2000 and started working with J2EE and DHTML professionally. The big problem then was there was no DHTML standard. The <embed> versus <object> tag for Netscape and IE was just one major difference between browsers. With the introduction of the HTML 4, web browsers finally evolved to be more standards compliant, but it took years.

I have been keeping up on all the latest HTML developments ever since though I did detour into Shockwave Flash for a number of years partly because Flash ActionScript ran uniformly across all the web browsers bypassing all the incompatibles of early DHTML. I came back to a much more standardized HTML in 2012. With HTML 5 and ES 6, things have never been better.

Experiences using this skill are shown below:

Barco Labs (research)

[I know, this section just echos the same stuff as on the résumé. I plan to expand later.] Worked with PhDs, staff and university interns researching disruptive technologies. Barco Labs deliverables are research papers, patents and demos. Any research that might become a viable product in 2 to 5 years is then passed off to one of the product divisions. (Due to the trade secret nature of this research some details cannot be revealed.) Accomplishments:

Prior Work

2002 — 2006
Zaun Consulting (self-employed) [Boulder Creek, CA]
Yahoo! Research Labs (research lab) [Burbank, CA]
The Burke Institute, (education foundation) [Santa Cruz, CA]