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[whatwg] RWD Heaven: if browsers reported device capabilities in a request header

From: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@MIT.EDU>
Date: Mon, 06 Feb 2012 17:05:17 -0500
Message-ID: <4F304E9D.9010200@mit.edu>
On 2/6/12 3:20 PM, James Graham wrote:
> 1) Same URL structure as the main site

OK, makes sense.

> 2) Less (only citical) information on each screen

Why not do this for the "desktop" version as well?

Alternately, if it's nice to see the information at a glance on desktop, 
why not make the UI such that this information is at the top in both 
versions and the less-critical information is effectively below the fold 
on mobile?  I realize that this may be more work and that there may be 
other constraints here, but it seems like that would be ideal in this 
situation.

> 3) No looking up / transfering information that would later be thrown away

Again, this seems to apply to desktop as well.

> 4) Fast => No extra round trip to report device properties

Agreed that this is desirable.

This really does seem like an instance of my bucket #1 ("Why isn't the 
desktop version just like this vastly better mobile one?").

-Boris
Received on Monday, 6 February 2012 14:05:17 UTC

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