One nagging question keeps coming to my mind – are we preventing access for some (because of reliance on these frameworks)? Although anecdotal, I ran various websites I use on a daily basis through the Functional Accessibility Evaluator (and similar tools). Some received scores as low as 29 (out of 100) resulting in automated comments such as “accessibility was not considered in the design of the website.”
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I remember HTML5 & CSS3 being touted as the coding languages that would unite the web with standards . And to a great extent it did, but scripts like jquery provided more flexibility in design. I thought that CSS animations would continue to evolve, but the speed and ease of these additional languages seems to have put that idea on the backburner.
“what has happened to graceful degradation?”
With Google’s move towards Mobile First maybe this will be a wake up call to get back to the basics of a functioning website without so much scripting.