Article in response to The Mobile Web Sucks…

Jeremy Keith (the guy who wrote the book on html5) responds by saying developers aren’t building properly for the mobile web. And points the blame on ad networks and stuff like that for poor performance.

As Maciej says in his magnificent presentation Web Design: The First 100 Years:

As soon as a system shows signs of performance, developers will add enough abstraction to make it borderline unusable. Software forever remains at the limits of what people will put up with. Developers and designers together create overweight systems in hopes that the hardware will catch up in time and cover their mistakes.

We complained for years that browsers couldn’t do layout and javascript consistently. As soon as that got fixed, we got busy writing libraries that reimplemented the browser within itself, only slower.

He references Web Design: The First 100 Years which is also a great read.

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