There have never been more front-end development power tools at our fingertips than there are right now, but all too often, we’re using those tools in ways that hurt our users and, by extension, ourselves. Sometimes this happens unintentionally, but other times it’s by very deliberate choice. In the very worst cases, we try to spin that choice into a self-righteous act, framing callous laziness as some sort of altruism. However it happens, what we too often dismiss as edge cases are real people who may very much want or even legitimately need to use what we create. We shut doors in people’s faces just to convenience ourselves, mocking them as we do, and in the process betray the fundamental principles of the web. It’s time to stop, take a hard look at what we’re doing and how we’re doing it, and find a better, more human way.
Eric A. Meyer (@meyerweb) has been a burger flipper, a college webmaster, an early blogger, one of the original CSS Samurai, a member of the CSS WG, a consultant and trainer, a Standards Evangelist at Netscape, and co-founded An Event Apart with Jeffrey Zeldman. He wrote CSS: The Definitive Guide for O’Reilly as welll as several other books, has spoken at conferences the world over, created the first official W3C test suite, and assisted in the creation of microformats. In 2006, he was inducted into the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences for “international recognition on the topics of HTML and CSS” and helping to “inform excellence and efficiency on the Web.”
Eric lives with his family in Cleveland, Ohio, which is a much nicer city than you’ve been led to believe. He’s a staunch defender of the Oxford comma, the hard G in “GIF”, and the right of everyone everywhere to follow a sentence with however many spaces they deem proper. He enjoys a good meal whenever he can and considers almost every form of music to be worthwhile.
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