I’ve been seeing a lot about improving performance on the Web lately, which is great, but some of the articles would lead one to believe it should be the primary focus. While performance should be a focus, let’s not expend all of our resources and neglect aspects of design that affect humans, such as accessibility, semantic markup, or URL design.

While many developers enjoy writing maintainable software and tooling, if we focus on developer conveniences above the user and produce, for example, inaccessible content, we have failed. At least this renewed focus on performance is a focus on the user.

Nicholas Lindley