The headache of Ajax, Web2.0, CSS

Wireless ITWorld has an article saying that Ajax and Web2.0 sites render even worse on cellphones browsers than normal web sites do. I have been saying this all along, but there is always the occasional “know it all” jerk who will piss me off by replying that “why don’t you use CSS” or that “your code doesn’t validate”.

Between being an ultra geek with complex modern code that is not able to render on any mobile browser correctly and being the modest designer that uses old but tried methods in order to reach more readers, I prefer to be the latter. If there are two things that describe me (along with “bitchy”) that’s “practical” and “simple”. This is why cHTML (subset of HTML 3.2 and some minimum CSS just for optional beautification) will continue to be my avenue to mobile web design at least until 2010. Because it f*cking works.

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Adam wrote on October 19th, 2006 at 1:55 AM PST:

I know I’m that “know it all” jerk at times, but some people don’t care about mobile users. Seriously. I coded my site for desktop use. One of my sites is a NIGHTMARE on phones. But that’s ok by me, because using CSS and Ajax is a worthwhile trade off because it adds to the user experience that *I* prefer. Plus, most sites coded in cHTML look plain old 1998-era ugly to me.

That said, I DID code firsttube.com to have a mobile site and a special div to direct mobile users there.

I’m just saying, not everyone places as much importance on mobile support as you do.


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Eugenia wrote on October 19th, 2006 at 2:00 AM PST:

Adam, I was NOT referring to you.

>but some people don’t care about mobile users.

The people I am referring to were replying on topics about mobile web sites. So there was no excuse for these people (except ignorance) to come and say “use css” on a mobile site.

>I’m just saying, not everyone places as much importance on mobile support as you do.

That’s true, but my real problem is that people who DO want to have mobile compatibility they don’t know how to go about it.


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