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Changing of the (handheld devices) guard

February 16, 2009

When designing a web page, it used to be necessary to have a separate style sheet to accommodate handheld devices.  Usually this was called handheld.css and linked in the header.  I’m just wondering; is that really necessary anymore?  New handheld devices like the iPhone seem to render web pages from the same .css file that any other browser uses. 

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  1. February 16, 2009 at 21:08 | #1

    I don’t have an iPhone yet. What about Webs?

    I think in maybe a year or so we will be there though.

  2. February 16, 2009 at 22:30 | #2

    What mobile device DO you have?

  3. February 17, 2009 at 10:48 | #3

    I have no idea what that means.

  4. February 17, 2009 at 16:56 | #4

    I have a Palm Centro. It still does the old way of mobile browsing. Which sucks. But I can load Opera Mini on it which can use newer technology and is pretty cool.

  5. February 17, 2009 at 17:14 | #5

    Gerry – it’s an extra design step web designers take to accommodate early web-connecting mobile devices like old Palm Pilots.  They wouldn’t render web pages in their whole layout so a special design filter was needed.  I’m proposing we do away with that because devices are no longer being made that require it.  I think.

    Webs – I had no idea it was possible to put a modern browser on a Palm!  That IS cool.

    Going forward, I have a hard time visualizing any device being competitive which does not match the iPhone in browser rendering.

  6. February 18, 2009 at 16:19 | #6

    I have a BlackBerry and I do fine, except for the occasional page which requires Opera Mini.

  7. February 20, 2009 at 20:13 | #7

    Well, I now have an iPod touch thanks to Mrs. Dram.  The browser can reder standard websites fine, but that doesn’t make the site just as useful on the iPod as on a full computer. 

    Some sites design iPod-specific designs with reduced content to make navigation and readibility better.

  8. Hank Roberts
    February 23, 2009 at 00:37 | #8

    Palm Clie TH55, with an original issue browser and built in WiFi so connectivity is free wherever it’s free; I’m still relying on skweezer, google/palm and Making Light’s PDA-friendly lighter version myself.

    Hey, once Apple or someone gives up insisting I use their little PDA as a telephone and commit to a contract for lots of crap on it and it’s as good a book reader as the Clie TH55, I’ll consider changing. 

    Lots of us out there.  People gawk at my TH55 lately, “what’s that?  really big screen, wow!” and I grin and say “it’s full of BOOKS” and walk on.

  9. February 23, 2009 at 21:43 | #9

    Hank, you can get an iPod Touch for cheaper than a iPhone and it’s just a PDA, so no contract or nuttin. It plays music, videos, surfs the web, and has access to iPhone’s app store which is pretty sweet. There is a free eReader app for it from the app store which allows you to access all kinds of eReader websites. Some with free books and some with paid. I know the iPod screen aint as large as some eReaders, like the Kindle, but the zoom function is sweet and makes it pretty functional.

    I got my wife one awhile back and we both love it. :D

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