Asking the Right Questions

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Posted on December 01, 2006 10:54 PM in Web Development
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Opera Watch asks "is your site ready to be browsed on the Nintendo Wii?"

The article talks about preparing your site for the Wii's browser. It talks about how many Wiis have been sold, and how we (web developers) need to make sure we aren't "locking out" users from accessing our sites. It isn't until the very end of the article that the following statement is made:

The Opera browser on the Wii includes Flash support and will support all web standards that are included in the Opera 9 desktop browser, including full support for JavaScript and AJAX.

How about asking the right questions right off the bat, instead of beating around an unnecessary bush? If you've designed your site to web standards that any standards-compliant browser can interpret, you've already done your job.

Posing the question the way Opera Watch has is the equivalent of asking an author whether they're locking out book readers or online readers or audible book listeners. If you've written something in plain English (or whatever language) that someone can read, you've done your job. It's as simple as that.

If it's not as simple as that, and I really do need to pay attention to the specifics of your Wii's browser's interpretation, then maybe you need to stop "locking out" web designers and support standards. Just like I won't bend over backwards for IE5, I won't be doing any bending for you either.

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