I’m almost a week out; didn’t realise 24ways were doing their xmas thing again. Great idea and some great tips in there as always.
Really interesting blog post on how the mobile version of Flickr was constructed. I haven’t had the opportunity to try the mobile version of the site out on a mobile browser aside from iPhone Safari, but it works really well on that browser. You can tell the focus on optimising everything has paid off when it comes down to user experience, and I love the visual feedback that every click provides (so the user isn’t left twiddling his/her thumbs wondering if a click has registered).
It seems Apple included a Safari update in their recent 2.1 firmware upgrade and have now opened up a few new things for web developers to play with, as Matthew Congrove blogs about on myDailyPhoto. His iPhone Safari Flick Navigation demo is really impressive and opens up new ways of serving web content to iPhone/iPod Touch users.
Browse the demo directly from your iPhone by clicking here. Article originally spotted on Ajaxian.
Direct link to the demo here, but won’t work properly unless you’re viewing with an iPhone/iPod Touch.
Very good article on the dev Opera site by brothercake on why AJAX isn’t necessarily the best thing ever when it comes to building websites and keeping the web accessible to all.
One of the major pains of web development is having to factor in users with “non-standard configurations”. What looks good on your machine doesn’t mean it will for a proportion of your users. However, this no-flash warning up on the South Park website is pure genius, as is the 404. I wish I was given the green light at work to do this!
Apple have updated Safari to version 3.1 to include support for a lot of cutting-edge technology (including client-side database storage), along with adding a native developer dropdown (enabled within the preferences section). With Firefox 3, Opera 9.5 coming soon and, erm, IE8, it’s looking like the browser market is about to make web developer’s lives a lot more interesting soon.
By “interesting” I of course mean more difficult!
P.S. Visit this page in Safari 3.1 to see some funky CSS animation. Coo!
The new SWFObject is out. There are two main ways to embed Flash content on a page, with Option 2 sounding like the best fit for the rules/regulations we have to adhere to for work (progressive enhancement, no click-to-activate rubbish in IE, you HAVE to have JS to view the Flash, etc). Option 2 follows a similar method to SWFObject 1.5 as well.
Will have to look into the documentation in detail and try out some examples on a range of browsers if I have the time…