Tag Archives: Standards

Getting Ready For HTTP 2.0

HTTP is the underlying mechanism that runs the web. It is the language spoken by browsers and web servers to communicate, download webpage elements and upload user data. The version we currently use is 1.1, a specification that is now almost 15 years old... Read More

App deep linking: Do we really need Facebook App Links and similar services

It seems odd that in 2015 we must address ourselves to the problem of linking resources across a network, but in the version of 2015 we're lumbered with, we live in an appified world, so address ourselves we must. While linking has formed the backbone of the web since the demise of Compuserve and AOL's walled gardens in the mid-nineties, the apps that populate our smartphone home screens are about as interlinked as Compuserve's forums in the early 1990s; which is to say, not very interlinked at all... Read More

Standards and browser compatibility

Browser compatibility is hard. Especially on mobile. If you thought things were difficult 10 years ago when there were only a handful of browsers to contend with, then thinking about the situation for mobile may make you dizzy or depressed. For now we live in a world of tens of thousands of devices of wildly variable shapes and sizes and capabilities. And we have to make the web work on all of them... Read More

Developing custom pictograms for the mobile Web

A matter of trade-offs Pictograms – miniature graphical representations of states, actions and objects – made their way into the mobile Web over 15 years ago. Several normalized (UNICODE, WAP) and proprietary (Japanese emojis, Openwave) mechanisms are in place to enrich Web applications with pre-defined images... Read More

HTML5 for mobile developers

Why HTML5 and why now? When it comes to touch-screen mobile devices, native applications have led the way in terms of performance, speed and tighter integration to specific platforms. Unbound by the need to conform to standards, native apps could rapidly take advantage of the latest hardware and operating system innovations, while Web technologies always had to wait for the international community to agree and implement standards first. But with the HTML5 specification coming to fruition, browser-based mobile apps are rapidly catching up with the natives... Read More

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