Monday, May 1st, 2006
Pete Forde suggests a method in his new post for making websites that everyone can enjoy, not just the ones that have browsers that natively support the latest bells and whistles. Graceful degredation is one of the larger problems that developers with technologies like Ajax face, but the development method he suggests just might help.
As web developers, we have a serious issue to contend with: completely all-over-the-place support for Ajax. Prototype does a great job of abstracting the various browsers, but there are several pitfalls coming our way.
He proposes a solution that is the reverse from most of the methods I’ve read, working from the more basic user’s perspective out to the more advanced. Since “functionality for all” is really the key to keeping users happy and informed, it makes sense to develop a site that can work first there, then have more of the add-ons later.
There’s a series of steps he gives to follow to make sure your development follows this process, as well as a flowchart to get you headed in the right direction:
Posted by Chris Cornutt at 1:14 pm