Linked by Hadrien Grasland on Tue 11th Jan 2011 13:40 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces Nowadays smartphones, tablets and desktop/laptop computers are all siblings. They use the same UI paradigms and follow the same idea of a programmable and flexible machine that's available to everyone. Only their hardware feature set and form factor differentiate them from each other. In this context, does it still make sense to consider them as separate devices as far as software development is concerned? Wouldn't it be a much better idea to consider them as multiple variations of the same concept, and release a unified software platform which spreads across all of them? This article aims at describing what has been done in this area already, and what's left to do.
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RE[4]: umm
by Lennie on Tue 11th Jan 2011 17:56 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: umm"
Lennie
Member since:
2007-09-22

"CSS is a step in the right direction, in that it forces separation of user interface from the program's internals. But it still doesn't make websites or applications magically adapt themselves well to a big change of screen size. Website developers still have to work around that all by themselves using some ugly javascript to say that if screen size is smaller than x then you must hide feature y. They have to do that design process by hand. This is not the same as true cross-device portability, where the UI toolkit does that job for you, only given some data regarding how important each element is."

Actually webdevelopers are starting to understand how to do this.

Websites can just show less or with different layout on different devices with different form-factors using just CSS.

Have a look at a the blog from this designer:
http://www.hicksdesign.co.uk/journal/

Just resize your screen from smaller to larger in Firefox, Chrome or Opera, Safari it even kind of works in IE8.

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RE[5]: umm
by Neolander on Tue 11th Jan 2011 18:04 in reply to "RE[4]: umm"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Very impressive indeed, and I must admit that it didn't took him a single line of JS to do that, contrary to my expectations. It still takes a lot of if-then work before achieving this effect, though...

Edited 2011-01-11 18:09 UTC

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RE[6]: umm
by Lennie on Tue 11th Jan 2011 18:18 in reply to "RE[5]: umm"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

The if-then work is mostly just implementation of the different 'designs'. Every form factor had a different design to hopefully fit the screen in the most usable way.

Also it is his first project where he did this. :-)

I would like to add it is also possible to load large images for large screens with these kinds of tricks.

I don't know why people don't get it, HTML/JS/CSS is the new API/SDK ;-)

Edited 2011-01-11 18:35 UTC

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