Originally Posted by PhilBoogie
Didn't want to let your long post go unnoticed, though I don't have anything worthwhile to add. What would be nice is if @SolipsismX
could give us his view on your proposed resolution independent larger screen.
Thanks for the recognition of my efforts..
Here's a link to an article that I read earlier in the week, where Microsoft has actually come under fire for creating "web apps" on there own, without waiting (or even asking for permission!) to do so from the companies involved.Surprise, you’ve got a Windows Phone app! Microsoft irks big brands in bid to stock mobile store
1) I was actually packaging my entire website on CDs way back in the 90's for people with slow internet connections, for them to view in thier browser of choice (Netscape being my favorite
). Later and even to this day, HTML (+assets) has become the defacto way to deliver help manuals for assorted software titles. Apple allows devs to take that idea to the next level with integrated help file packages.
2) SJ stated at the iPhone 1 launch that Apple was going to suggest Web Apps as the preferred method to customize the iPhone. Many have later speculated that he was just stalling for time to get the SDK and App Store ready for dev release. I actually believe he was quite serious and he was once again at the mercy of "standards committees" and the slow tech beheamoths of the time. Even after Apple delivered the SDK and launched the App Store, I don't think they were initially too thrilled with the App Store filling up with glorified websites.
3) a huge amount of the Apps on the App Store are already simple HTML/CSS3 apps, created with browser-based "App Builders". Buttons, navigational aids, etc are already being "coded" with HTML/CSS3... so I don't see this as too far of a stretch to add current or added "standards" as they become available (drop shadows, inline embossing, etc.) because it's Apple devices... they could add these functionalities whenever and howeveer they wish.... including advanced SVG graphic support.
Personally I have been helping my clients move to "responsive website design" for the last 18 months or so. It's still in it's infancy and we are all waiting for more HTML5 standards and nodes to be accepted and built into the browsers. The pace of software advancement is furious at tthe moment, and no sooner than you've settled on a workflow... the community comes up with something better. It's truly similar to the advent of desktop publishing in the late 80's and 90's... which I thoroughly enjoyed as I do these exciting new technologies today! It keeps ya young (at heart anyway
If anyone is interested in following the development of responsive design, I highly recommend subscribing to this newsletter, or bookmarking their archive page:Responsive Design Weekly
Here is a good explaination on why bitmap graphics (PNG, JPG) are not nearly as good as SVG graphics going forward (NO... it's not dumping on Apple's Retina displays!):The Untold Awful Truth Behind Retina
Last but not least... I would also like to hear what @SolipsismX
... or @Dick Applebaum
has to add to this discussion. Their input is always valued, as is yours!
Thanks again for the... uh... "we-tweet as it wur"...spoken in my best Elmer Fudd impresssion...