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Why are accessible websites so hard to build

Today’s Responsive Design Weekly newsletter contains a link to a CSS Tricks post about this. This is my view:

There is more emphasis on learning frameworks (JS et al) than learning HTML.

HTML is fantastic. Semantic by nature. Choose the right element to mark up content and you’re on the way to an accessible website.

But HTML is not sexy.

  • You don’t need compilers – but of course you can.
  • You don’t need fancy software – but of course you can.
  • You don’t need flashy frameworks – but of course you can.
  • You need common sense and a willingness to make an effort – but that is hard work.

Fall (back) in love with HTML. Every website user will reap the benefits. But most won’t realise it. And that is OK.

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