See what you can say in 3 pages instead of 6. Do you really need that extra page? Do you really need to add one more paragraph? Can’t you explain that in 2 sentences instead of 4? Be wiser, not a know-it-all. Be the one who choses their words carefully, not the one who never shuts up.
The fluid layout - I actually anticipated more wide-scale adoption of fluid layouts in 2005, but they didn’t take hold as firmly as expected. Though I’ve got hopes for 2006. So much so, in fact, that my case study site for CSS Mastery is a fluid one.
Designs will soften, with more rounded corners, pastel colours and hinted boxes. Drop shadows and gradients will remain, but in a much subtler form to avoid visual clutter. 2006 will also be a year of transparency, with a profusion of fade effects and the PNG becoming the rightful heir to the image crown.
As for Midgard predictions for 2006, it is actually a bit difficult to pick the right trends. So huge amount of stuff happened in 2005 that we never could anticipate. What I’d like to happen though would be:
Simplification - Removing all the unnecessary UIs and other legacy cruft as we near the 2.0 release
Clarification - Making the strong points of Midgard like the templating system, editable content schemas and the plethora of components more clearly visible for end users
Connectivity - Starting to really use tools like RSS, microformats and DBE for connecting sites and servers with each other
Performance - The metadata system in MidCOM 2.4 hurt Midgard’s performance quite badly, and we really need to get it back
These, together with all the application development projects into the OpenPsa suite we’ve been contracted to do will make 2006 quite a busy year.