A Very Modern Mobile Switching Algorithm - Part II This article follows on from last month's Part I, where we discussed some of the principles of handling mobile users and switching their experiences. If you haven't read it yet please do so before we dive into some of the technical ideas and implementation details. By the end of this article, I'll be assuming you've got some programming skills and know fairly clearly what we are trying to achieve! If you recall, we've chosen a blended approach of a two-site configuration (one each for mobile and desktop users), browser detection (to spot if the user has likely visited the right one), and user choice (allowing them to override our judgement for whatever reason). Although I didn't mention it in the body of the article itself, one of my follow-up comments drew the direct analogy with country-code domain switching. Many international services use your desktop's IP address to detect whether you've likely visited the right country-specific site or not.
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A Very Modern Mobile Switching Algorithm - Part I An important question that most web developers ask when developing their first mobile web site is "how do I distinguish between mobile users and desktop users?". Although this seems like a simple enough question at first, of course there's more to it than meets the eye. In fact, what do we even mean by 'distinguish'? How we distinguish their requirements? Their desires? The services they expect?
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Why IE9 is a Web Designer’s Nightmare Web professionals have been getting pretty excited lately, and it’s no surprise why. The latest spawn of Microsoft’s browser, Internet Explorer 9, has just been released. Many people have been talking about the changes and whether the latest version is a solid step forward, or if it’s too little, too late. In a previous article, Jacob Gube (this site’s founder) had a more positive view of IE9. Effective Design for Multiple Screen Sizes So you're a designer and have been tasked with the design of a mobile web site. Chances are, unless you're designing for only one device you're quickly going to be faced with a common problem experienced by designers who work with mobile devices; figuring out what screen size to actually design for. For instance:
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