Build Mobile Websites and Apps for Smart Devices by Earle Castledine, Myles Eftos, Max Wheeler

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By Earle Castledine, Myles Eftos, Max Wheeler

Construct cellular web pages and Apps for shrewdpermanent units is a realistic advisor for front-end net designers and builders. you will discover a enjoyable and clean method of cellular website design and improvement, with huge, immense scope for chance. cellular net improvement is altering swiftly, with a better emphasis on sleek touch-screen smartphones. via following the recommendation during this ebook, you will be certain you are studying the talents youneed to utilize this new know-how.

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Text is user interface. Not only that, but a judicious choice and use of type can give your application meaning. Unfortunately, the typographic landscape in the mobile space leaves much to be desired. For us web designers, this is nothing new: we’re used to finding creative ways to work the limited palette of web-safe fonts. That palette is unfortunately significantly smaller in the world of mobile devices, but it’s no excuse to eschew typographic discipline. There are exceptions to this rule, but many mobile devices will have an extremely limited choice of fonts, perhaps only one or two—and those fonts are often not the same from one platform to the next.

None of the other platforms we’re looking at offer this function, so when we’re in standalone mode we can conform to the “iOS way” and move the tab bar down to the bottom. 16. 16. Wireframing the “standalone” mode of our app for iOS That all sounds wonderful, right? And it is, but it’s not without problems. The main design gotcha we need to think about at this stage is the lack of the standard browser controls. Our navigational model is drill-down, with the user’s options being to move deeper, shift back up a level, or start at the top of the tree again.

Mobile devices have displays that are significantly smaller—both in terms of physical size and resolution—than their desktop counterparts. This is an opportunity to be embraced. Still, finding the right balance between information and interface to display on a small screen is a tricky problem. Too much detail and our interface will become cluttered and confusing. Too little and our users will have to work to find the information they need. This doesn’t necessarily mean reducing content; it means reducing clutter.

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