Progressive Enhancement vs Graceful Degradation


Originally from http://kiri.dmt-uts.net

I'm pretty sure this will be a topic brought up much later in the semester as we delve into Javascript but this was an interesting read about Progressive Enhancement vs Graceful Degradation. I'm all for graceful degradation if you can't help it, but I'm the type of person that works bottom-up mostly. Start with the basics and then add in Javascript to make it more fun for people if they're able to use it.

See understanding progressive enhancement. Most of the web caters to graceful degradation, and like the site I posted previously, there is NO user experience at all for those who do not have access to Javascript. This doesn't seem fair, unless that's your model, to ignore a whole section of your audience.

Zeldman, J. 2008, 'Understanding Progressive Enhancement', A list apart, viewed 17 April, <http://alistapart.com/article/understandingprogressiveenhancement>.