As we all know, media queries are by far the best way to distinguish between desktop and mobile browsers, or, more generically, between the dozens of different screen sizes our users can have. Media queries are the future of the web.
Nonetheless, the fact that they are the future doesn’t mean that there are no problems. One is particularly tricky: what do we do for browsers that don’t support them?
IE8 and lower, as well as Symbian WebKit, do not support media queries. That is, the largest desktop browser and the largest mobile browser will not react to the latest weapon in our arsenal. They will only interpret the default styles, and ignore anything else.
How are we going to solve this problem? Right now I see three possibilities, none of which I like.
I don’t know the solution to this nasty problem. In order to discuss it, and the dozens of other problems the mobile web is bound to give rise to, I’ve set up a mailing list. Subscribe by sending an empty mail to email@example.com and join the discussion.
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