Take HTML Seriously!
Sunday 30 November, 2003 ( 6:33PM GMT)
A few days ago I accidentally found myself being interviewed for a job.
The role was a design and HTML / CSS development role with an emphasis on standards and accessibility. In fact, the job description was a perfect match with my skill set.
These specific jobs don't come along very often (not in London anyway) and as the interview drew to a close it was clear that supply was just as rare as demand as I was told I was the only candidate they had seen that really fitted what they were looking for.
As far as I can tell most people think HTML is easy - 'anyone can do it'. It is a language that most potential web professionals will learn first before moving on to something 'more difficult' such as ASP, JAVA or whatever. But I have been specialising in these technologies for around five years now and I still find challenges every day. The basics may be easy but to really master HTML, CSS, standards, semantics and the separation of content from presentation is a great challenge and I for one enjoy HTML and I am proud with what I can achieve with it.
It isn't a surprise to me that there aren't more specialists when the speciality isn't taken seriously by employers who then don't see the need to seek such specialists.
But why don't they take it seriously? Whatever happens on the back end, HTML and CSS are usually what the server spits out at the user and the more streamlined it is, the faster it will load and the more cross-compatible it is, the more people will be able to see it and the more accessible it is, the more people will be able to see, or as the case may be, hear it.
This is important stuff.