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Mandy is A Front End Developer, Development Manager and speaker from Perth, Australia. She loves to experiment with new front end technologies and share her experiments through Codepen ( and her thoughts about the web on Medium ( She believes the web is an amazing source of information and that you should enable access anywhere, for anyone, so is constantly striving to make her work accessible to all users.

Mandy Michael

The How And Why Of Semantic HTML

The Twitter battles rage about the value of HTML. With all our build tools and JavaScript eating the world, who has time to learn all the tags when you can just hang everything off divs and spans? But choosing the correct semantic HTML element for the job isn’t simply an ‘artisanal’ pursuit for philosophical purists — it can have significant practical benefits for usability, code reduction and future-proofing.

In this webinar, you’ll learn:

  • what HTML semantic even means and how to use it to craft accessible interfaces,
  • the UI that browsers provides with various HTML elements;
  • obscure but very useful UI benefits of HTML semantics;
  • how non-traditional web clients make use of HTML semantics, without you having to write any extra code.

  • Speaking: Mandy Michael
  • Date:

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