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Just three links for this reading list, because they show a profound schism in the way people are thinking about building applications that have previously been desktop only and take them to mobile.
The schism is the same as we’ve long had on desktop. It’s simply: do you make your target audience as wide as possible, or do you only design for people who use the same technology as you do?
The nations’s favourite social-media based conference organiser thingy, Lanyrd, launched its mobile version two days ago. I don’t own an iThing, but I assume it’s great there, and it looks and works excellently on Opera Mini and Opera Mobile on Android.
Compare this with the 37Signals’ blogpost yesterday, provocatively entitled Developing for old browsers is (almost) a thing of the past:
It used to be one of the biggest pains of web development. Juggling different browser versions and wasting endless hours coming up with workarounds and hacks. Thankfully, those troubles are now largely optional for many developers of the web.
What is this fabulous remedy that 37signals have found? Simply, ignoring users of browsers that you don’t want to support. “Supporting your browser is hard – let’s go shopping”, as Barbie says, or Regressive Ken-hancement in strict Computer Science terminology.
Compare this with Jake Archibald’s comment:
All it took was *not* doing everything wildly different to how you should develop a standard website.
Summarising this dichotomy is an excellent article Did we lose track of the big picture?:
It seems to me that we are slowly switching from publishing content for the Web, to making content accessible to Screen-Readers (SR) – from targeting users, to focusing on devices and modern browsers.
We write about new techniques without considering fall back mechanisms, we use ARIA “hacks” that look like anti-patterns and we use frameworks that have chosen to ignore oldIE.
If you read no other high-level articles this month, read that one.