Web vs Native (was Re: HTML5 limitations?)

Richard Gaskin ambassador at fourthworld.com
Wed Jul 26 12:07:35 EDT 2017

J. Landman Gay wrote:

 > In my case, the app is courseware and students are complaining they
 > want it to work on their mobile devices. Some don't have laptops and
 > don't want to use the computer lab.

That's an interesting subset.  Do you have a feel for what percentage of 
that audience doesn't have a laptop?

 > The options are to create mobile apps or alternately
 > run it in the mobile browser.
 > The app currently isn't suitable for either, but I think a mobile app
 > would be easier. Regardless, it would still need a major rewrite.

Amen to that, sister.  As we consider HTML export there's one aspect I 
don't see discussed often, but is a key driver for the desirability of 
web apps as you noted:  web layouts MUST be responsive, adjusting 
themselves for any and all screen sizes.

Historically most LC projects tend to use separate layouts for mobile 
and desktop, but on the web users expect responsive design and will 
abandon or complain about sites that don't adjust gracefully to the 
confines of their device size.

This is now more than two years old:

     85% of web users believe a company’s mobile website should be
     just as good as or better than their desktop site.

In addition to layout, control sizes and types are also considerations, 
since most desktop apps use controls that are appropriate for the 
precision of a pointer but are too small for touch, or rely on mouse 
behaviors like mouseEnter and mouseWithin that don't exist in touch systems.

 > The client also doesn't want to deal with Apple's 30% cut and they
 > already  have their own registration system. So we may be out of luck.

Yes, with iOS we still have no choice.  For macOS you're in good 
company: developers are reporting more revenue, better customer 
engagement. and less hassle ignoring Apple's app store and just selling 
direct as we always have.

Survey Suggests Mac Developers Continue to Be Dissatisfied With Mac App 

Why Do Developers Keep Leaving the Mac App Store?

Mac Developers Survey Results
Selling on the App Store VS Building Your Own Theme Park

  Richard Gaskin
  Fourth World Systems
  Software Design and Development for the Desktop, Mobile, and the Web
  Ambassador at FourthWorld.com                http://www.FourthWorld.com

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