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Against Web Accessibility

Last Updated on 2 September 2010 by dani

This is a long version of my short status in Twitter. Comparing SEO activists, journalists, visual designers, typographic artists, and Web accessibility point of views.

Keywords versus distinct links

Web content in their arguments:

Some SEO activists theory:
Underlined keywords to boost search engine result pages (SERPs) position.
Journalists rule:
Some special text may be underlined.
Visual designers rule:
Make it distinct enough.
Typographic artists rule:
It must be readable/usable.
Web accessibility recommendation in my words:
Which one a clickable link is? Is the color only adequate for low vision users?

Keywords versus emphasis tags/elements

In this case we talk about b (bold), i (italic), strong (strong emphasis), and em (emphasis) tags. In their opinion:

Some SEO activists concept:
Bold and italic texts are good for keywords. Telling to search engines algorithm that they are special.
Journalists rule:
Every technical and language terms should be in italic.
Visual designers rule:
Make it distinct enough.
Typographic artists rule:
It must be readable/usable.
Web accessibility recommendation in my words:
How do screen reader users know that the texts are special if they only have presentasional effect (no semantical markups)?

High accessibility might not effective in Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

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