Developer’s should have 30 inch monitors – but not everyone in Quality Assurance should.
I’m finding more and more web sites that are building web applications that just don’t scale well – not even to 800×600 much less a mobile phone. My blog template is an example.
The truth is, I don’t have enough time to twiddle and get everything just so. So I allow for a certain percent of visitors to be disappointed. Current CSS tools are lacking – but that’s all another story.
Every company that deploys web applications should have 800×600 PC’s in their lab, they should have a UMPC and a Tablet PC. As well as all the other standards – (the most popular 5 browsers, on as many computing platforms (Mac, PC, Linux, etc) as they an afford).
When you consider that the people most likely to use alternative computers (UMPCs, cell-pones, etc) are early adopters, and early adopter do influence adoption rates, it pays to pay attention to detail, and to your audience.
Google Reader doesn’t work well on my Toshiba Portege 3505 laptop. It’s old, but it just works, and it’s the computer on my bedside table – so I use it a lot. The “previous and next” buttons appear normal, but there is only a 1mm or so “hot spot” on the buttons – the complete button surface isn’t active.
Windows Live Writer usually renders even my poor CSS correctly – until you start shrinking the screen. Then it gets “whacked”. It makes pictures, like the one I posted in the post before this to look correct on my screen, but render twice the width of my CSS area. SO it looks like crap. Wen I post from my bed (which I do more than I would care to admit), I always have to go back on my desktop machine and fix things.
Testing visual rendering is hard – because it’s
difficult currently impossible to script. You really need a human to do it. And Humans aren’t cost efficient. So the testing just appears to not get done. Which gives me a crappy user experience. But their are billions of people on the web, and hundreds of millions using these tool. I don’t expect to be heard.