The landscape on the web is changing fast with the introduction of a plethora of devices that has been added to the existing list. Back in the days, the Internet was only accessible on the desktop using a Netscape Browser or Internet Explorer.
Those of you who have been around the web for a longer time would remember how dificult it was to achieve a consistent display on these browsers and their different versions. This challenge still exists today with the emergence of different browsers like Opera, Firefox, Safari, Chrome etc.
Added to this challenge is the constant change in desktop display features in terms of screen resolution and the introduction of new devices such laptops, notebooks, tablets, smartphones. And the trend is anything to go by, change is the only constant thing you will be dealing with as a web designer/developer. Don’t also forget that there are standards and processes are being changed, with associated new technologies being introduced.
This is truly exciting, but it also presents a great challenge to web designers to keep with the times. You ignore these constant at your disadvantage. The challenge is not only to keep up with new technologies, but also to create a web design that will stand the test of time.
The speed at which technology is developing, it is very difficult to predict what the future holds and what new devices will be added to the current ones we have now. This means that there is the need to ask good and hard questions about the future in order to find the best answers.
Issues that need to be under the spotlight should include design, devices and most importantly content. Content is the most important because it is what users are really looking for. Users are not just looking for content, but quality and relevant content that meets a particular need in their lives. This means content must be provided in context and it must be focused.
Another thing that must be considered is content fluidity. This means that the content is platform dependent so that content is distributed across all platforms including future ones.
This new challenge requires a careful and strategic planning and forecasting in order to create a more adaptive web.
This article is courtesy Bizhub