Why is it all so complex?

Lea Verou is advocating an addition to the CSS standard; conical-gradient. Lea is such a standard bearer for web technologies that we will rally in numbers to the cause and conical-gradient will probably happen. And a good thing too. But… I have this niggling doubt. Not specifically about conical-gradients but about the whole “let’s add another feature” mantra that pervades every piece of our technology. Will I ever see that day when it is announced “This release is a major simplification of …”?

“So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.” is attributed to Dr Seuss. For “words” read “features”, for “reads”, “codes”.

Is there such a thing as “feature fatigue”? Like me do you keep getting that TL;DR feeling when trying to make sense of an unfamiliar piece of software? Or am I just old and lazy?

J.

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