Accessibility on mobile devices continues to become a major concern. Devs are now trying to bridge the gap between desktop and mobile devices. It’s all about display and CSS is the super glue that makes the magic happen.
It all started thanks to Apple’s decision to not allow Flash on iOS. Eventually this hit home when clients began asking if their sites could be iPad friendly. The shift from Flash to HTML 5 has been a long treacherous road, especially here at Sitelab. This year we made a major push to create HTML 5 replacement and backups for our existing sites, but with accessibility comes limitations. HTML 5 does have its own set of challenges like local data storage limitations, compromised security, and browser compatibility. However for us Devs there is no love for Flash. The thrill is gone.
Adobe must also be seeing the writing on the wall. They made two major acquisitions that clearly shows it’s preparing itself for a Post-Flash era. In 2011 Adobe purchased PhoneGap & Typekit. PhoneGap is a platform that allows you to create native mobile applications using HTML 5. Typekit is a subscription service that allows developers to embed custom fonts using the latest CSS attributes. Adobe is jumping on the HTML 5 bandwagon before it’s too late.
Isaac Gonzalez, Web Developer