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@uglyduck recently wrote about a web without and on his most excellent blog. I wrote a response with my thoughts.

What do you think?

kevq.uk/reality-without-css-ja

@kev I'm pretty much in agreeance. The problem is that humans, by and large, are going to abuse the system to their advantage. Taking away tools doesn't really stop them; it just changes the way they do it.

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It almost seems like he's approaching the space of the semantic web by way of a subtractive treatment of the current web. I'm not sure this means graphical design and responsive user experiences need to go--though they certainly get in the way of his goals.

@kev This was a wonderful read and I actually do agree (mostly) with all your counter-points. I tend to get a little carried away with extreme views on simplicity lol

(also thank you for the compliments - but you give yourself barely any credit. Your blog is one of my select favourite site designs that I frequent FYI)

@uglyduck that’s very kind, Bradley, thanks. I was on the fence about publishing this; was concerned it may come across as me bashing you.

Decided we’d had enough interactions with one another now that you hopefully would know I wasn’t intentionally being a troll. 😊

@kev @uglyduck I agree CSS is usually more good than bad. IMO JavaScript is usually more bad than good. Let’s keep 90% of the CSS, and get rid of 90% of the JavaScript. 😉

@kev @uglyduck on second thought, that wealthsimole example was particularly compelling. Let’s get rid of 90% of both CSS & JavaScript 😄

@kev @uglyduck I work on some software which has a proud “anti-theme” - ikiwiki.info - and it can get tiring after prolonged exposure. Changing my browser defaults (font face and size, link colours) basically fixed that for me

@kev @uglyduck it didn’t change the full-width behaviour but what did was a window manager that didn’t default to too-wide browser windows

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