Essays on tech by J. Angelo Racoma

Are You Going Naked This April 5th?


It’s up to you if you want to go in the buff in person that day. But I’m talking about the annual CSS Naked day which will come this April 5th.

In 2006, Dustin Diaz declared April 5 to be the annual CSS Naked Day, a chance for the web world to be reminded of the benefits of CSS web page design. By removing the stylesheet for the day, the world would see naked web pages. They would also have a little more appreciation for the skills of web page designers.

CSS, after all, was meant to separate content from the aesthetics. And being _naked_ will help you know if your site or blog’s markup is usable and accessible (and yes, even compliant). Remember the tables and frames of olden days? I hope you ditched them a long time ago.

The fact of the matter is, if you’re writing good solid markup to begin with, it shouldn’t be all that bad anyway. It will be a test case to see how usable your website is to others without a design. So in the meantime, don’t hesitate to prepare your site for the big day.

So I’ll see you (your site, at least) naked on April 5th. If you’re running WordPress, here’s a plugin that automatically disables your style sheet every April 5th.

Author: J. Angelo Racoma

J. Angelo Racoma is a technology and automotive journalist and blogger. See more of his work at e27. Follow him via Twitter at @jangelo.

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