It seems like every other day the public is granted some new means of accessing the web. Some days it’s a new browser. Others it’s a new smartphone. Or a tablet. Or an e-reader. Or a video game console. Or a smartwatch. Or a TV. Or a heads-up display. Or a car. Or a refrigerator.
Dispatches From the Internets
One of the greatest challenges of progressive enhancement lies not with the coding, but with the planning. It can be incredibly challenging to articulate how a single interface might adapt to a wide variety of situations. Interface Experience Maps (Ix Maps) can help.
It’s like a snake eating its own tail:
Wonder what’s going on? Well, Facebook’s mobile site (
m.facebook.com/ClydesOnMain) is tracking the URL (using the
refsrc GET parameter) I came from (
www.facebook.com/ClydesOnMain#!/ClydesOnMain)—a single page “web app”, hence the hash-bang:
#!—that was tracking the original referral page (
I hope they got all that.
In watching Atari: Game Over, I couldn’t help but see all of the parallels between the early video game industry and the web design industry. The boys’ club… Engineers as rockstars… It’s a tale of a meteoric commercial rise followed by a swift and dismal collapse.
I may work for Microsoft, but I don’t know everything that’s going on across the company. It’s big and I don’t have that kind of time.
Today is the day Google updates it algorithm to take into account mobile-friendliness. Here are a few tips that will help you embrace mobile without tearing your hair out.
A lot of folks have helped me on the way to becoming the web professional that I am. When Molly declared today “Unsung Leaders of the Web Day”, I had to join in.