Reaching and helping the new amateurs

The New Amateurs - part 2 is Peter-Paul Koch's follow-up post to The New Amateurs, which I mentioned in my post A web professional can never stop learning. In the follow-up, ppk responds to some of the comments made on his original entry, and talks about elitism and how to reach the "new amateurs", among other things.

Reaching is indeed a problem. I've spent countless hours writing tutorials and articles that are meant to help. But I find it hard to reach everybody, and there are two groups that stand out to me as being harder than others to reach.

  • Those who don't want web design and development to follow any rules at all. They want the web to be a purely visual medium, and treat it as if it was a printed brochure or a computer game.
  • At the other end of the scale there are back-end programmers who don't really want anything to do with client side programming, and let their development tools create the HTML, CSS and JavaScript for them.

I would very much like to be able to reach these groups of people. But I'm not sure it's possible to reach those that do not want to be reached.

Posted on November 22, 2005 in Quicklinks, Web Standards