in the future, basically all websites will be full of unblockable ads and/or implemented entirely in ultra-fucked webassembly/opengl, and the tech-savvy will browse the web entirely through cat & mouse proxy servers running headless browsers to OCR the inaccessible content back into old-fashioned normal HTML and illegally redistribute it through peer-to-peer networks
@jk at one point when WebGL was starting to poke its head out I was wondering when the exact same thing would end up being a thing.
@xerz if adblocking gets big enough they'll just switch to ads integrated into content, and if it's all being rendered to a canvas you can only recognize the ads based on the pixels being drawn. also i don't think those sites are above sending an article as an image rather than text if that prevents content filtering. and if people complained about accessibility they'd just add their own spoken-word stream, screen readers be damned
@xerz i mean all this stuff will happen in the next 15-20 years, i doubt IE7 will matter then. people keep making new UI frameworks all the time anyway, programmers love making a new UI framework! and they'll probably give google secret access to their CMS on the backend for preferential treatment, kinda like they do with AMP now. my heuristic for webdev and the state of the web in general is that anything you think is really bizarre and stupid is more likely to happen than the non-stupid option
@xerz i think innovation in computers has been slowing down a lot and maybe the acceptable time horizon is more like 10 years now
@kyrahabattoir the large websites would just start giving google backend CMS access through some kinda new unified system thats supposedly for the benefit of the user, like AMP
@jk That's a possibility yes.
But to be fair I'm more hoping for the web to slowly go back to good old decentralisation, where everyone goes back to hosting their own shit, putting videos on a webpage has never been easier.
@jk But we are already in this weird snapshotting paradigm where people would rather share screenshots of a twitter post than share the original url, or hell, the text itself.
So snapshotting pictures of entire websites isn't far off.
@Ludonaut its the fucking worst when autocomplete does a word that actually makes sense in context but isn't the right one
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