April 16th, 2020

Replying to a tweet from @getify

I completely disagree that progressive enhancement is in any way connected with the current state of big bloated single page apps—the devs building those aren’t misinterpreting anything; they’re not even aware of a different approach.

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Everything is an evolution of something earlier. Those of us that have been around long enough to see the different “generations” can choose to connect the dots (or not). I see this current generation (largely unaware of PE) as using tools handed to them by the prev generation.

# Posted by getify on Thursday, April 16th, 2020 at 3:00pm


Some of them are not aware of a different approach but some of them think that it’s the way to go because this is a “webapp”. Even when this app is just 10 forms… I try to tell ppl to just make a static html file for a login page, even for that they disagree and put React…

# Posted by Thain on Thursday, April 16th, 2020 at 3:01pm


I think the prev generation was aware of PE, but largely didn’t “get it”, so they built tools that didn’t embrace it, and handed off to the current generation. And it was the generation before them, when PE was first invented, that (I think) got us off track.

# Posted by getify on Thursday, April 16th, 2020 at 3:02pm

Jeremy Keith

The way I see it, the people encouraging progressive enhancement made almost zero impact. It wasn’t that the next generation misinterpreted the message; they never even got the message in the first place. adactio.com/notes/16768


So I’m trying to be generous in admitting that there was lots of “well intention” along the way, but I still think we, step by step (progressively, pun intended) made choices that got us far away from where we hoped.

# Posted by getify on Thursday, April 16th, 2020 at 3:03pm

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