Today I listened to a pretty interesting podcast on
The podcast was about general HTML markup and how we as developers have a responsibility to build websites that are accessible and semantically correct not only for humans but also for the huge amount of assistive technologies that scrape, crawl, read or parse your site.
As a front end developer I spend a lot of time working with HTML tags, and the general fallback tag for me has always been the simple div. When all else is in doubt just wrap your code in aright?
Well … after this podcast I'm not so sure. Semantic HTML was built for a reason, and it's about time we all wake up and understand it. In the podcast they threw out some interesting stats and arguments for accessibility. For example, around 10,000+ people each year in the US may incur serious injuries that leave an arm permanently disabled. Then, they go on to say that around 16+ million people a year in the US break an arm. These sorts of things seriously impact a users experience.
So yeah, without giving too much away in the podcast, I'd just like to say that we as developers have a huuuuge responsibility to build websites that are accessible to everyone.
Easier said than done right! But if you are interested in the topic more, there's a cool free online course over at Udacity. I've just started it and find it really insightful!
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