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21 October 2016 @ 07:30 pm
“I’m suffering from design.”  
Technical discussion of how the Web is becoming unreadable
Arlie Stephens: pic#6301806ertla on October 22nd, 2016 05:25 pm (UTC)
What people do to "improve" the appearance of their content is generally pretty awful. E.g. a game I play which is perfectly playable without sound - except that information about the game has been almost exclusively offered in the form of videos (no subtitles) for the past year or two. Fortunately I'm not deaf - I merely find videos annoying. But I imagine they've lost any deaf players they previously had.

For that matter, livejournal itself dates to a forgotten past - I can impose my preferred design choices (= style) on pages I read, and the proliferation of glaringly absurd colour choices long ago caused me to set this as my default. Html was originally designed to make this the norm - a page creator would specify things like "emphasis" and "heading", and the browser would interpret this according to its abilities and the user's instructions. So e.g, a colour blind person - or even a blind person - could "consume" the content. That's been "fixed" long ago, and there are precious few old fogey's (like me) whose pages don't use the ability to specifiy font, or colour, or resolution, thereby forcing potentially inappropriate choices on the reader.