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Semantic HTML and ARIA explained

Originally published on CSS-Tricks.

Semantic HTML and ARIA (Accessible Rich Internet Applications) help create interfaces that work for everyone in the most performant, robust, and simple way possible.

They add essential meaning to your content, which lets web browsers, search engines, screen readers, RSS readers, and ultimately users understand it.

And yet many people still don’t use them. I wanted to know why that was, so I set up a Twitter poll. The most common reason people gave was a lack of awareness and understanding.

So here I’ll describe the benefits of using them, and explain why you should start

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