Review: Designing With Progressive Enhancement
February 18, 2011 Mark Jenkins
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A review by Mark Jenkins of Designing With Progressive Enhancement
Deliver a useful, attractive and well-designed web site experience to every visitor. This is the goal for web designers/developers, and yet they are continuously frustrated in their attempts to reach it. The challenges for web designers have never been greater, with the proliferation of web-enabled devices, from PCs to gaming consoles to mobile phones to TV-connected boxes, all containing a wide variety of browsers and abilities to render web sites.
The authors of Designing with Progressive Enhancement, believe they've found a solution to the above ever-increasing dilemma: use the lowest technology that a browser supports, test for browser support of more advanced technology, and then if the more advanced technology is available, use it, but always have a lower-technology solution coded. This way a site never fails, no matter what browser is used to view it.
The lowest technology available for all browsers is Plain Old Semantic HTML (POSH). And particularly with the evolving HTML5 standard, there's a surprising amount of features that a web designer can build into a site with POSH.
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