Nekkid

According to Jeff Foxworthy, “naked” means wearing no clothes, whereas ‘nekkid’ means you’re naked and up to something.

April 5 is CSS Naked Day, but we’re up to something. According to the site,

The idea behind this event is to promote Web Standards. Plain and simple. This includes proper use of (x)html, semantic markup, a good hierarchy structure, and of course, a good ‘ol play on words. It’s time to show off your <body>.

A completely unstyled website may not look glamorous, but it proves a point. Well designed, standards-based websites work, with or without styles. I’ve tried to design this site according to these standards, and it should work reasonably well on a cell phone, in Lynx, in a screen reader, or even a search engine. As Mark Pilgrim once said, “Googlebot is just another blind user with 100 million friends.” To me, CSS Naked Day is a pointed opportunity to focus on content over style – both the explicit content of a blog post, and the implicit content (headers, lists, ALT attributes, etc) inherent in a well-designed, standards-savvy layout.

CSS Naked Day at jclark.org is proudly powered by Guff’s CSS Naked Day WordPress plugin.

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