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I had one outstanding task this morning before calling quarantine diaries complete: to put a notice on mobile which said “sorry, this site doesn’t work well on mobile, but you can try anyways”. With Blank Page René and myself had agreed that any pleasant typing happens on a keyboard, and most physical keyboards go along with larger monitors, so for MVP mobile support was not necessary.
But, I cannot implement this without actually trying it myself. In these quarantine days my phone sits on the shelf all day long, only to be checked when I wake up and before going to bed.
Let the reader know I possess no self-control, and the reason why it sits on the shelf is because two weeks ago it slipped out of my pocket and it cracked it’s screen, bad. I must consciously avoid the top part of the screen, or a shard of glass is likely to slice my finger if I attempt to use it without presence of mind.
How am I going to tell people to proceed at their own caution, and I have not taken that precaution myself? As I was anguishing myself over these questions, a text came from the other side: René had completed the flow and published quarantine diaries first entry, from mobile none-the-less. In his own words
It should read “Proceed at your own discretion.”
And so I felt some relief, if the flow could be completed, it meant the issues were merely a matter of layout. But, as often happens in matters of front-end, this was lead through numerous rabbit holes, reducing bundle sizes, providing alternate means of navigation, favicons, quick wins, yada yada, time flew by and in one morning I went from mobile hostile to mobile indifferent.
Yes, that’s the word: mobile indifferent. Our aim is to be mobile friendly, but for now mobile indifferent will do.
Thank you for being brave enough to try it out.