Web Design In Education Will Kill The Semantic Web
Most of you will probably know that I hope to work in the web industry as part of my future career. As such, getting a recognized qualification is very important to me. However, one thing that I’m equally as passionate about is pushing the movement towards web standards and semantic markup along. Only recently have I seen just how far the idea of a unified web is away from what our society is teaching in the classroom.
What angers me most is that, in order to get the grades I will need for the job market, I am required to produce a product whilst knowing that it drops the ball on several major areas that I learned on day one of my design journey. For example, we were told that the root location of all websites is ALWAYS index.html. Well, a person only has to install WordPress or Moodle (which, by the way is used by the college in question) to see that such a claim is a bare-faced lie! We were also told that writing HTML from scratch is “the old way” of doing things and that people now use graphical web authoring tools. If the teacher who told us that bollocks knew the first thing about the industry, they would know that this is simply not the case. In actual fact, all respectable web developers would tell you the exact opposite as it helps them to achieve cleaner code.
I guess my point is, we don’t want the future industry being restricted by fundamentally incorrect information. If people can’t do something right, they shouldn’t do it at all.