"Nutritionists used to be big on this concept of a food pyramid. I think we need one for the web, to remind ourselves of what a healthy site should look like."



"Everything we do to make it harder to create a website or edit a web page, and harder to learn to code by viewing source, promotes that consumerist vision of the web.

Pretending that one needs a team of professionals to put simple articles online will become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Overcomplicating the web means lifting up the ladder that used to make it possible for people to teach themselves and surprise everyone with unexpected new ideas. "

Read the link above, it's worth it. Promise. Here it is again, just in case:

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@rek Almost everything written by the author is worth it.

@peregrine I'm going to spend the day digging through it all.

@rek Oh, good, somebody else is taking a turn at blasting Maciej Power Beams into the Fediverse! I will take a short break. :)

@rek :) That website obesity article was a big inspiration behind a lot of stuff I've done, most directly my "serve no evil" webserver Shizaru (tildegit.org/solderpunk/shizar). From the README: "The website obesity crisis is combatted with strict file size limits, to ensure that your website does not end up larger than the major works of Russian literature. Besides being limited to 32 KiB in size, HTML pages are limited to 3 images and HTML tags cannot be nested more than 10 levels deep."

@rek reminds me of a conversation with this one guy i know who was going crazy trying to make a static webpage with an editor component, using "modern practices" (node server, with all that jazz), and was absolutely baffled when i said that he can just write and open html files with his browser as-is and everything still works just fine for his usecase

@rek it didn't help that his first search for an editor component returned a react one, leading him to create an entire react project and getting immediately lost and incapable of doing anything

@evolbug It's funny, but it also makes me sad because of how often that must happen.

@evolbug Oh yeah, a disappearing niche: self-contained JS libraries that you can just link to, for both development and production, without any build chain, package system, or external half-baked macro processor^W^W^W^WBabel.


@rek this and installing software. Why we can't install stuff just like we install WordPress and/or @nextcloud ?

@rek I so agree with this.

As someone who last touched HMTL in early 2000s, I was shocked how needlessly complex, obscured and bloated mainstream websites are. It seems that we no longer have web designers - only web developers using dozens of frameworks and libraries... why? -_-

I am glad that I found some merveilles folks willing to help and point me in the right dirrection. Now I am happily (if slowly, and with a lot of trial and error) building my own lightweight modern homesite.

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