- Frank West
Flux and flexibility presented by Dan Donald (@hereinthehive) at HybridConf 2013. Dan discussed how the web has changed and why we need to be thinking device agnostically, rather than what is current. Here's what I learned from his talk.
A long time ago...
- The first websites contained just text and links, they still work even today on all devices.
- We used to say which browsers our website supported, it was the visitors job to have the right tool.
- It cost £4 per minute, visiting a website was expensive.
- Fluid was hard work with little gain.
- We built pixel perfect websites.
20 years later...
- Responsive came along managing and constraining the fluidity of web pages.
- Why define break points? They only look good on the current popular devices. Be device agnostic.
- The web is universal, it is flexible.
- We should not be using pixels any more (Dan uses a mixture of em for width and ex for height).
- We should use the same navigation for all devices, not specifying it differently for mobile and desktop.
- Mobile performance is important, many new devices browsing the web have bad hardware.
- There is no right way, think of the end result.
- Everything is a rabbit hole, we don't know what comes next.