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Designing with Progressive Enhancement: Building the Web that Works for Everyone by Maggie Costello Wachs, Scott Jehl, Patty Toland, Todd Parker

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Summary. Looking Ahead

Universal access is not only a worthy goal, but also an attainable one, when approached with test-driven progressive enhancement.

We believe that progressive enhancement will quickly become the new baseline for all web development. As more complex functionality moves to the Internet—and users continue to embrace new web-enabled devices and expect all functionality to work seamlessly on those devices—considering accessibility, mobile device support, and broad browser compatibility isn’t something that can be pushed off as a nice-to-have feature.

Progressive enhancement—and specifically, test-driven progressive enhancement that factors in accessibility—is the only practical way to cope with the complex range of user needs ...

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