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What in the world is Progressive Enhancement (PE)?

 

PE is the web design journey stemming from simplicity to complexity. Laying down a firm foundation for your website and adding finishing touches that add to the user experience tremendously.

 

I first read Smashing Magazine’s article over Progressive Enhancement (which I keep typing ‘Enchantment’, because i suppose i’m so excited about it) and here’s what I think about it:

 

I’m all for it. If you are working on a website that needs to be cranked out ASAP, it’s vital to have the bare necessities in place before adding onto it. And that’s what PE, is. Going from bare HTML, to adding CSS, and then adding JavaScript.

 

The irony in creating a “stable” website using the PE method, is that it decreases the accessibility of blind and disabled users visiting your website. You should keep this in mind when taking a look at your website’s demographic, and choosing what’s right for your users.

 

Next I read Hesketh’s article, “Progressive Enhancement and the Future of Web Design”

 

This stressed the importance of creating style sheets for certain browsers that may not support CSS features, and since it was 2003 when the article was written, the same can be applied with CSS3 nowadays.

 

You must consider the browser that your visitors are using to access your website, and tailor accordingly if you want to reach the widest audience possible. This also includes a print.css sheet, for users who want to print your awesome website on paper.

 

Yes, it’s a pain to make a million CSS sheets, and it maybe increase the loading time a bit. But if you are working on a large-scale website that is being accessed by users from all kinds of browsers, Progressive Enhancement seems like a no-brainer.

 

Over and out,

Morgan

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Hey there, it’s Morgan again for another awesome monthly post. This assignment was about pursuing my real passion in web design, take initiative and learn something I wanna learn!

So lately I’ve been working on rather minimal websites (3 page max), that get down to the point, look great and get the job done. I’m wanting to learn to utilize CSS3 more than anything else, so I went looking for tutorials I would be interested in.

I came across a great contact form on net tuts plus

i followed every step with the coding and added my own “personal touch” to the envelope.

This personally blew my mind as to how powerful yet humble CSS3 is, and the tutorial was really helpful with explaining what each part of the code related to on the form. I am a very visual kind of guy,  so the pictures were great as well.

Now go out there and try it yourself! I truly feel like I am learning something new every day 🙂

For now,

Morgan

Every day we open up our browsers, we are the captains of our own cyber-ship. It’s up to us where we decide to set voyage on, and where we must drop an anchor and hang out for a bit. The web is filled with nearly anything you could possible imagine, so you need to know how to diversify yourself from Coors and Bud Light’s of the internet.

When it comes to web design, you are constantly figuring out what is going to look the best among the rest. Should the caption font be 9px or .2 em? Is this a good font for the site? Are there too many fonts? The list goes on and on, but at the end of the day, who are you designing for make the most impact.

We can’t all be building websites that billions of people are going to utilities and someday be more addicted to than the air they breathe. But we can design for a diverse group of people and get our message across in a fashionable way that sets us apart from the rest.

The web is evolving, and so are people’s minds when it comes to how they intend on experiencing the internet.