With so much power available in modern browsers it is very easy to overload the User Experience (UX) with eye popping effects. Unfortunately, this approach to new technology often degrades the user experience, instead of enhancing it as it should.
I knew that to see real improvements to this site, I wouldn’t be able to simply patch the functionality. I would have to start with a blank page and build up from the core UX principles. So that’s what I did.
Oh, let’s go back to the start…
Browsers and the internet are both very different now compared to when this site first launched in 2006. At that time, Internet Explorer v6 was the browser of choice for most people. MySpace.com was still surging to new heights of popularity and jQuery was made available under the MIT License and released version 1.0.
Back to the present and Internet Explorer v6 is becoming less relevant by the day. Facebook and twitter are the hottest social platforms. jQuery is still powering ahead and now conquering mobile platforms too.
During this time, browsers have got ever more powerful and are now capable of delivering much richer, dynamic experiences than ever before. Users are now consuming internet content in many more ways than in the past. Desktops, laptops, netbooks, video game consoles, tablets and smartphones are now all being used to view content. Users expect a first class experience on all of them. Advances such as Media Queries (try rescaling your browser window) make this possible.
“New roads; new ruts”
Older browsers such as IE6, IE7 or IE8 each have their own unique issues which are well documented. On this site, I want to explore new technologies, not patch old ones. So for this reason I will not be spending any development time on these older browsers. If you’re viewing this site using an old browser, I apologise for the inconvenience but you really should upgrade. This is progress.