Multi-platform development

Richard Gaskin ambassador at
Wed Jan 20 12:58:51 EST 2016

Bob Sneidar wrote:

 > On Jan 12, 2016, at 09:02 , Richard Gaskin wrote:
 >> While it's true that Ubuntu and more recently Microsoft have begun
 >> exploring convergence strategies for a single adaptable, scalable
 >> set of UI conventions across all device types, the reality is that
 >> to date neither has been enormously successful (though the night is
 >> young, and the research and APIs still in early days).
 > Adobe tried this years ago, with a feature that could take a regular
 > magazine layout (for example) and format it to display nicely in a
 > web browser or some other format. The idea was to design once then
 > deploy in multiple forms. It was a good idea. But it always required
 > some tweaking. Sometimes it required a LOT of tweaking. And sometimes
 > it didn't work well at all. The nature of the problem is such that
 > the solution can never really be perfect.

While it's true that mixing web and native app design is very rarely a 
good idea (they're very different platforms serving very different 
needs), mixing native app design across device types seems, at least to 
me, a more exciting and viable prospect.

When I see any OS without design issues of its own I'll start to get 
worried about multi-platform design challenges. :)

  Richard Gaskin
  Fourth World Systems
  Software Design and Development for the Desktop, Mobile, and the Web
  Ambassador at      

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