Progressive enhancement is more relevant than ever

Much has changed since Steven Champeon and Nick Finck first proposed progressive enhancement in 2003. Where we once had a handful of desktop browsers to worry about, we now have an explosion of web-enabled devices and browser variations on our hands. The rise of rich JavaScript-heavy web applications has challenged the efficiency of starting out with boring old static content, as Drew has argued in the counterpoint to this piece. What’s more, we have a slew of wondrous new toys to play with in the shape of HTML5 APIs and CSS3.

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