We used to make anything clickable into an <a> tag, so that it would get all the CSS styles of a link. But screenreaders expect links to … link to things.
Five Goofy Things Medium Did That Break Accessibility
Nick Santos

I’m pretty surprised by this — in what way do screenreaders flip out? I know that the HTML5 spec indicates that an `a` tag is valid without an `href` attribute (it is regarded as a placeholder for a potential future link), shouldn’t the screenreaders be expected to work with any valid markup?

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