[theme-reviewers] Current Theme Unit Test Data

Laird Sapir laird at memphismckay.com
Thu Jul 19 14:57:26 UTC 2012

Interesting stuff - that comment caught my attention, too. :)

I'm inclined to agree with Dane - It would in many cases be a real 
disservice to your mobile viewers if they had to slog through the 
entirety of a website's content on a mobile device.

Being able to "curate" that information to aid usability is a skill, 
obviously, but I would suggest that there is a difference between hiding 
content as a short cut in the design process and hiding content in an 
attempt to create the best experience for a user on a specific platform.

Dane Morgan wrote:
> On 2012-07-18 17:43, Daniel Tara wrote:
>> No content should be hidden, ever, that's (very) bad practice.
> Well, that's one opinion. Another opinion might recognize the fact 
> that desktop and smartphone use are different and the same person 
> viewing a site on a desktop will have different objectives from when 
> they view the same site on a smartphone and to some extent on a tablet.
> Go to any major hotel website on you phone and tell me that their 
> routine hiding of content does not increase the usability of the site 
> (and their bottom line profits) for cellphone users.
> There are many legitimate reasons to hide content from mobile users, 
> and to hide other mobile content from desktop users. One use case 
> would be serving forms differently by hiding some optional fields for 
> mobile users where filling in forms is more difficult and the touch 
> keyboard conceals a good portion of the screen.
> On the face of it, this kind of blanket statement is invalidated by 
> even one valid use case, and for this there are many.
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