re: Webdevs! Are we on the right track? VIEW POST

re: I'd say we're definitely on the right track, I've been in the industry for quite some time now and it's amazing to see how far things have come... ...

I don't agree with the concept of categorizing websites by the device or network "majority of users" use. I think web is supposed to be open for everyone. If we have to enable more features, we have the option to build dedicated desktop/mobile clients instead of emulating those on the web.
If we have no option but do provide all the features on the website, we should at least provide a "load HTML only" option for users that use low end device or are in slow network even if the numbers are less.

Also, if we provide no option for low-end device users to open our site, "majority" of our users will always be high-end device users. Unfortunate people won't even complain. They will just blame it on their device or fate and leave forever.


I agree that progressive enhancement is the way to go, but I also understand that in business it's often majority rules. Yes, this will alienate some potential users, however from a business standpoint you're going to allocate your resources towards where the demand is. If the company has a lot of resources, then I imagine they would allocate them towards developing on multiple platforms, but if they don't then they'll put their efforts towards the majority. I agree, in an ideal situation you cater for all - it just doesn't always work out that way and that's when it's up to us as the developers to pick the technologies we use to best cater for the majority.

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