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Discussion on: Beginning to Demystify ARIA

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Andrew Bone

Semantic HTML is just better for everyone it makes your code accessible for people using the site and for other devs coming to make changes later.

I've quite commonly seen things like this, which quickly becomes too much to keep track of.

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Lindsey Kopacz Author

haha exactly, Semantic HTML is a win-win for everyone. I love ARIA but when adding more context vs replacing Semantic HTML

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Max Antonucci

The good, if also somewhat disheartening thing, is that many more developers would likely get on board if it was pointed out that semantic HTML means much less work for them and cleaner JS code.

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Andrew Bone

I think part of the problem has been that HTML has changed a lot, and at quite a pace, since the jQuery UI days but people are slower to change.

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Lindsey Kopacz Author

Exactly. You're making your life SO MUCH EASIER.

That's why I never understood why people de-prioritized it so much in the beginning. There are certainly challenging things that are highly customized - I am learning about that as I start to tackle d3 and accessibility. But things like forms as pretty low hanging fruit.