I occasionally do some freelance web design. A customer posted on a community Facebook group looking for a revamp of a site for the town’s 4th of July celebration. They had a previous designer on their committee, but he left abruptly and didn’t leave detailed instructions on how to update the content.
Me: So what are you looking for in terms of a redesign?
Client: Well, I’d really like a website that I can update myself, so I don’t want you to write in HTML code.
Me: Sure, I can work with a CMS.
Client: Good, now I want to be sure that we understand that no HTML code is to be used for my web site.
Me: Well, I can make it so your site is editable in your CMS, but all websites use HTML code. You wouldn’t have to access the code to make content changes, but I can’t produce a website that doesn’t use HTML.
Client: Just use [insert CMS name]. Absolutely no HTML
I created the proof for the main page, she looked at it and complained that when she viewed the source it contained HTML code.
Needless to say, the project never got off the ground.