HTML 5 Haiku Contest

Buce Lawson reciting the truths of HTML5 When I saw this picture of Bruce Lawson taken in a very poetic pose at London’s Standards.Next meetup, I remembered a haiku contest my favorite record label Bloody Fist hosted during the 2000 Australian Summer Olympics. People were asked to write haiku about the Olympic Games, and I almost wet myself reading some of the entries.

The rules: a haikuis a form of Japanese poetry, consisting of 17 moras, in three metrical phrases of 5, 7, and 5 moras respectively.” I think it’s legitimate for the sake of simplicity to translate “moras” with “syllables.” A reference to a season or nature is a bonus.

A crude example, my Japanese readers may forgive me:

Show us the studies /
says hixie, experts shout fail. /
It’s about people.

And another:

For assistive tech /
canvas is invisible /
like tears in the rain.

So here is my challenge: twitter a haiku about HTML 5 and tag it with #html5haiku. There aren’t any prizes yet apart from the innocent fun of participation, but perhaps somebody would like to donate something? :)

4 Responses to ‘HTML 5 Haiku Contest’

  1. Pete


    friends of ED and Apress would be delighted to offer some prizes. Let’s say a choice of any 3 books for the best Haiku, and 1 each for two runners up.

    I’ll let you worry about how to judge them ;-)

    friends of ED | Apress

  2. Daniel

    I can donate a sumo banzuke (ranking list) for the November 2005 basho – the tournament at which Asashoryu became the first wrestler to win all 6 tournaments in a single calendar year. The banzuke is effectively a poster with a load of vertical Japanese writing, no pictures, on A2 textured paper.

    Nothing to do with web development I’m afraid, but how about offering it to the best HTML5 haiku that contains a Japanese word or references Japan in some way?

  3. Eileen Foster

    Just clicked over to see what the contest about & thought this up as I was here:

    A nuanced language, summary, long description, to “see” the screen.

  4. Christophe Strobbe

    For inspiration: WCAG 1.0 in haiku, by Sean Palmer.