Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 22nd Jan 2013 18:04 UTC
Internet & Networking "A complete continuum of screen sizes is actually a blessing for Web designers and developers. It forces us toward adaptive solutions that respond to diverse capabilities instead of being able to draw arbitrary cut-off points for separate mobile, tablet, and desktop sites. So I for one, welcome our six inch fonblet/phablet friends and look forward to further diversity in screens that allow us to access the Web." Hadn't thought of it this way yet. Clever. Aside from this, I'm happy with all these sizes - it means there's something for everyone. Just because I prefer 4.3", doesn't mean everyone should, or that I'm going to ridicule those that prefer larger or smaller displays.
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Ironic
by fretinator on Tue 22nd Jan 2013 19:36 UTC
fretinator
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2005-07-06

The web has gotten awfully funny of late. One of the prime purposes of HTML was to create a device-independent display mechanism. Your site would be usable on any output mechasim, be it screen reader, small device, text-oriented, graphics oriented, etc. Now, sites are not only designed for specific devices, but even specific screen sizes. It reminds me of the old days of desktop programming. Concrete easy, abstract hard, but concrete no likey change!

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RE: Ironic
by Lennie on Wed 23rd Jan 2013 11:43 in reply to "Ironic"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

Actually a proper site, will adapt based on the screen size. Even the design will be different based on screen size. On a smaller screen the number of columns for example will be different or everything might even be one column.

The problem is that there will also be designers that want everything to pixel perfect on their screen.

But people are adapting, existing sites change over time.

The funny thing is, webdevelopers thought smaller screens would mean touchdevice, thus needing bigger buttons you which can easily hit with your fingers. Now it turns out we have touchscreen devices which are as large as a laptop (or are a laptop also).

It just takes time to transform the web. Many sites don't get re-designed over night you know ?

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