Should it look the same in every browser?

Written on 27 December 2016, 10:50pm

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I recently finished reading the excellent book Resilient Web Design, by Jeremy Keith.
At one point, in the 5th chapter, the author was discussing whether the websites should all look the same in every browser or not.
The answer – in the view of the Jeremy – is no:

New browsers and old browsers; monochrome displays and multi‐coloured displays; fast connections and slow connections; big screens, small screens, and no screens; everyone can access your content. That content should look different in such varied situations. If a website looks the same on a ten‐year old browser as it does in the newest devices, then it probably isn’t taking advantage of the great flexibility that the web offers.

Then I remembered about this manifesto of Barry Smith (not quite safe for work): (more…)