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Early 2000s: The Enlightenment

Early 2000s: The Enlightenment

Usability and flexibility in web design mark the early 2000s. CSS was the coding language that allowed developers to store visual rules in files separate from HTML, separating content and style. As a result, CSS made websites easier to maintain, more flexible, and quicker to load.

Takeaways for today's websites: It has become easier for people to scan websites looking for the information they need. A few best practices include intuitively placed information, visually accentuated links, and straightforward navigation.

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