Handcarts, shopping carts, strollers, cars, buses, RVs, food-service trucks, skateboards, scooters, rollerblades, motorbikes, bicycles, unicycles, heck, even Heelys—all of these indicate a push towards mobility. But are we heading in the wrong direction in terms of the actual meaning of “mobility?”
Okay, maybe I wasn’t intentionally suggesting a set of wheels, but the bigger picture is that we’re always on the go. After all, wheels were strictly invented to facilitate (wo)mankind’s ability to travel long distances.
And what’s the one thing that almost always travels long and short distances by our side? (Really, in the palm of our hand would be a much more suitable use of prepositional phrasing…) Our phones.
And what do we normally access from our phones? (Besides text messages, the weather, and music.) The internet.
The Internet Was Obviously Designed For the Smartphone, Duh
How do we adapt the billions upon billions of webpages to fit the exact dimensions of our smartphone screens? The answer, though ambiguous, lies within the language.
In order to seamlessly integrate data from one device to another, one may either redirect the viewer to an entirely separate website OR modify the markup, scripting, and styling language so that the website adjusts accordingly. A mobile version of a website is designed to adapt to desktops and iPads and iPad Minis and iPhones and Androids and sometimes even flip-phones, all the while attempting to maintain as much content from the desktop version as possible.
An awful lot of websites utilize scripts, images, embedded content, you name it. And with the mobility movement now spawning the sudden need for web optimization, even free blogging sites such as WordPress provide mobile-friendly user-interfaces.
But one final question remains: is mobile better than desktop? Not in all cases, and this is an unfortunate truth that we must accept.
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