A provocative question, I know. But I like to try to get to the bottom of something from time to time, and to give my fancy full scope ;-)
Let’s start with another question: what do we do on the web? We read news, we compare prices, we buy products, we learn, we look at pictures, etc., in short we are interested in content. Content is king. So the design of the sites is not that important. Of course it is more pleasant if a site has a nice design, but that’s not the reason a site is visited. It’s because of its content.
So we can say the web is about content. Ok. But HTML and CSS are primary for design purposes. Hm. Could it be that HTML and CSS are a wrong solution for websites? It is possible. There are some indicators for that:
- HTML and CSS are (too) complex, which makes it difficult for non-technical people to create websites
- too much time must be invested to make a website look correct in the different browsers
- extra work is needed if a website should be accessible for disabled people
What could be an alternative? I think an alternative approach should be similar to plain-text email, with no possibilities to format anything. So it would be really easy to create content, just open an editor and start writing (like writing an email). And you would no longer have to worry about the different browsers, because the content is shown in the way it was entered, with just one font and one font size…
What do you think about this topic?