Re: Moving Issues 62, 63, 71 to the conformance section

On 16/07/2017 13:27, David MacDonald wrote:

> Many mobile pages have a difficult to find (but conforming) link at the 
> bottom called "desktop version". This loads the desktop version into the 
> mobile browser.

That loads a different set of HTML/CSS/JS into the browser. So it's a 
completely separate version (usually on a different web address, or on 
the same address but it sets a cookie, or similar).

Reponsive/adaptive sites on the other hand don't offer a "switch". They 
simply "are"...they adapt to whatever the environment in the client is, 
and dynamically change as the environment changes. So we argued (many 
many moons ago...2 years ago or so on the mailing list?) that it's not a 
different version in this case, since the page is still exactly the 
same, it just changes.

There's obviously gray area here in cases where the same URL does some 
server-side detection and, even though it's the same URL, serves 
different content depending on things like user agent...but in general I 
thought we agreed that unless there's an explicit mechanism on the page 
(like a "go to desktop version / go to mobile version") that the user 
can toggle to force loading of a specific alternative view, then the 
page counts as a single page, and its different states triggered by 
things the user can't easily control (e.g. screen size, user agent 
string, presence of a sensor or not) cannot be treated as separate 

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