Tuesday, 8 July 2014

With the gradual proliferation of touchscreen smartphones starting in the late 2000s, more and more users are now browsing the Web on their mobile devices instead of desktop computers, necessitating a shift towards designing web pages to have readily available mobile versions. This has been dubbed by some observers as the emergence of Web 3.0, which is rooted in mobile accessibility.

Mobile-friendly features entail compressing a web page to dimensions compatible with mobile devices without losing any valuable data. This is a considerable technical challenge: for instance, the typical social networking site page displays information such as (but not limited to) images, latest postings, event updates, links to other pages, log in/out buttons, and personal information.

Aside from the accessibility of information, designers need to take into account the touchscreen functions as well as the differences among a wide variety of mobile devices and browsing software. Designers also have to guarantee proper coding so that the website does not cause any unwanted events, such as crashing browsers or devices.

The web designers’ task in the Web 3.0 era is to ensure that their clients’ pages are accessible to visitors anytime, anywhere, using any device. For those who do not want to get left behind, this is one bandwagon they wouldn’t want to miss.


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