Google launched a new service recently – Google Trends – which allows you to compare searches and see which parts of the world are searching for what terms.
Just for fun I tried a comparison of ‘CSS’ and ‘HTML’ searches for 2006. Here are the top cities searching for these terms:
It’s interesting to see that Sweden, the UK, Germany and the Netherlands lead in CSS searches whereas the US leads by a wide margin in HTML-related searches.
So, does this mean that the Europeans are more advanced web designers than their US counterparts? Why else would they be performing more CSS searches if they had not already mastered lowly HTML?
And what are two supposed hubs of internet technology – Seattle and San Francisco – doing leading the world in searches for HTML? Shouldn’t they have this stuff memorized by now?
On the other hand, perhaps this is where the next generation of web designers / developers are honing their skills. Strange, because I thought that was happening in eastern Europe and India. 😉