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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.

Awesome Rainbow over La Jolla ShoresAs we move away from Flash-based animations, developers are forced to re-think what the most efficient way to utilize HTML 5 is. It turns out an overuse of JavaScript can actually lead to the same problems we have with Flash. Large scripts take significant processing power. On mobile devices this becomes an issue. When it comes to development, efficiency and simplicity is the key. Fortunately, both iOS and Android support the latest and greatest of CSS3. That includes fancy stuff like animations and transitions. In addition, both platforms render CSS significantly faster than JavaScript. When it comes to mobile web development, CSS3 is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Isaac Gonzalez, Web Developer

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2 Responses to “Predictions for 2012 Part 2 – Web Development Trend: The Rise of CSS”

  1. Rylan B Says:

    I agree! Nice post summarizing the industry as it current is!

  2. Brian Hanifin Says:

    Don’t forget that Adobe is dropping support for the mobile Flash Player. So, yeah, they see the writing on the wall.

    “We will no longer continue to develop Flash Player in the browser to work with new mobile device configurations (chipset, browser, OS version, etc.) following the upcoming release of Flash Player 11.1 for Android and BlackBerry PlayBook.”

    Source: http://blogs.adobe.com/conversations/2011/11/flash-focus.html

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