One Web with Different Interfaces

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In a blog post titled There is no Mobile Web Stephen Hays argues to defend his stance on a twitter post that he’d posted that day on January 7, 2011. Because he received so much feedback on the tweet, he chose to explain his stance on the issue. His twitter post stated:

“There is no Mobile Web. There is only The Web, which we view in different ways. There is also no Desktop Web. Or Tablet Web. Thank you.” (Stephen Hayes)

But before the content of his blog post is discussed, we must first introduce the author as it is relevant to his argument and stance. In case you don’t know who Stephen Hay’s is, he works as a Web Designer and development strategist through his own consulting firm Zero Interface located in the Netherlands. A native Californian, Hay has been working in Web Design since 1995. Hays works in this field, therefore his knowledge in this concept is greater than ours unless you too are a Web Designer with 14 years of experience.

In the blog post Hay argues that adjusting the presentation of content for specific devices does not constitute that design as a new form of “web”. He also states that the term “mobile” poses an issue because of its semantics.

People know that a website on a smartphone looks different than a desktop version and therefore may assume that there must be a separate form of web exclusive for mobile devices and therefore other forms of web for other devices. Hay’s argues that this is not true and that there is only one form of a web available. There are however different ways in which the presentation of content appears and this is affected by the type of device or display screen being utilized.

While I agree with Hay’s argument, I would only add a minor detail. I am a student in a Publishing for the Web class and do not have more than four months of experience in Web Design, however I feel that as a “newbie” I can offer an opinion in this growing field.

I believe that there are different forms of interfaces of the web that should be accepted in Web Design. These presentations are available today through our mobile and tablet devices and if Web Designers are currently making adjustments to content to fit the screen of a smartphone, then these terms should be adopted in Web Design terminology. Right now we have Web Designers that have adjusted websites to fit the screen of a smart phone and tablet. Who knows what other forms of devices will require a different form of display in the future.

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