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.

It would be tempting to think that progressive enhancement has run its course and outlived its usefulness. In fact, I believe it is just the approach we need to manage the increasing diversity in web access and technologies.

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