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What will my job site look like on the iPad?

Posted By: Thomas Shaw, 8:00am Tuesday 06 April 2010    Print Article

The iPad has finally been released into the wild, and everyone is now scrambling over it to see what changes it will have on the way people view and experience web sites.

I have uploaded an iPad emulator script for you to see how your website will look in a landscape and portrait mode on the iPad. Click on the top border to rotate the iPad canvas from landscape to portrait mode. Please note that Flash is not yet available on the iPad, and you may be able to view Flash components in this script.

Before you go spend money building an iPad job search application or specific optimised website, consider the following...

The iPad will affect the way we design websites. There is no RIGHT way of viewing websites. That means you can view it either in landscape or in the portrait mode. But for the designer that means two completely different layouts for which to design. It is for this specific reason that the iPad highlights the need for smart fluid width design.

Macworld points out that one major difference between Safari on the iPad and the iPhone is which version of a web page, (desktop or mobile) you see when visiting a site. While the iPhone version of Safari is usually served the mobile version of a page - one with a tighter layout, fewer images, and other design differences that make the page easier to view on a tiny screen - Safari on the iPad usually gets the full-blown desktop version of the page.

In most cases, this is a good thing, as the iPad’s larger screen means you’ll want to see that full version. The exceptions would be sites where the mobile versions of pages are optimized for touch screens, or ones where the desktop version uses Flash for video while the mobile version uses H.264 or another non-Flash format; in those cases, you’d want to view the mobile version.

Assuming a Web server provides both mobile and desktop versions of its Web pages, which version you get depends on how the server is configured. When a Web browser contacts a Web server to request a page, the browser identifies itself to the server; based on that identification, the server sends (what the server administrator thinks is) the appropriate version of the requested page: a mobile-phone browser gets the mobile version, a Mac or Windows browser gets the desktop version. Most, but not all, dual-version sites serve mobile-optimized pages to the iPhone. (There are exceptions, however: some sites prefer to send desktop versions to iPhones, given that the iPhone handles desktop sites much better than the typical mobile phone.)

As with the iPhone, users will have the ability to add bookmark icons to the home screen of the iPad. These will offer direct links to specific web sites through Safari. You should consider adding a custom Apple bookmark icon to your website code. The browser also features a drop-down bookmarks menu that looks similar to the one on the iPhone.

The iPad (and iPhone) use the Apple Safari internet browser.
  • Search engine choices include Google and Yahoo
  • Search bar includes suggestions from the set search engine
  • The larger screen will allow you to view entire web pages at once, unlike what you see on smaller mobile devices.
  • To open a link found on any page, simply tap it. In the case of a URL shortener or “disguised” link, you can tap and hold to see what the url is prior to actually opening it.
  • Rotate your iPad to change easily for Portrait to Landscape view, and Safari automatically adjusts itself to fit your entire screen.
  • Tap the + sign on any page to quickly add it to your bookmarks. You can add pages to home screen, copy text and images, etc. Remember to add the Apple icon to your website code.
  • Security settings include fraud warning, in addition to cookie and auto fill settings
  • Flick your finger across the screen to scroll up or down a page.
  • Pinch your fingers on the page to zoom in or out.
  • The text will be large enough on the screen to actually see and read it easily.
  • The Thumbnail view allows you to see all of the pages you have open in a small grid pattern. This lets you quickly change from one site or page to another.
  • Safari on the iPad supports the latest video innovations found in HTML5. You can watch compatible videos from within the page, or double-tap them to watch full screen.
  • Sync your bookmarks from your Safari install on your Mac or PC. It only takes a moment. This ensures that you always have your favorite sites right at your fingertips.

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 Michael (12:50pm Tuesday 13 April 2010)

I can imagine this becoming an important issue as prospects tend to only take a few seconds sometimes glancing at your site. If your contact details aren't immediately available, you may very well lose them as they continue on to other 'optimised' sites.

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