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Re: Technolog Agnostic / Independent

From: Patrick H. Lauke <redux@splintered.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 11 Apr 2017 00:48:46 +0100
To: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
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On 10/04/2017 23:21, David MacDonald wrote:
>> Now, by all means, let's discuss technology - do we need SCs that vary
> depending on viewport width? do we need SCs that only apply to devices
> that have touch, and can this be detected? But don't use inappropriate
> "mobile", "desktop", "tablet", "phablet", etc categorisations.
> I'm fine with or without the rigid distinctions. Most wire frames I get
> from major communications and advertising agencies these days use those
> terms, but perhaps that will change, and I'm fine with exploring small
> vs large screen. break points

It's fine to use those terms as shorthand when talking about specific 
sizes/breakpoints for a wireframe/layout, with the understanding that 
there is no one true "mobile" or "tablet" or "laptop" or "desktop" size 
... these are all fluid and bleed into each other (and again, I can make 
a window small on my desktop, and trigger "mobile" size). What is *not* 
appropriate is to then also make further unrelated assumptions based 
purely on that viewport size (i.e. "anything with a viewport < 320px 
must be a phone, so we can assume it has touch, and vice-versa anything 
with viewport > 960px is a laptop/desktop so there won't be any 

Any yes, even large agencies/companies get this wrong (partly related 
case in point Yahoo!/Flickr, who seemed unaware that there are 
touch-enabled laptops which also have a mouse, and that touch and mouse 
may well be used at the same time 

Patrick H. Lauke

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