Google Hides Format, JavaScript from Sport Console Browsers – A Record Aside

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In historic instances (September, 2012), Anna Debenham examined web sites in sport console browsers, discovered the expertise wanting, and suggested individuals who make web sites to make use of progressive enhancement, design with cellular in thoughts, and optimize for efficiency. That’s good recommendation whether or not people use sport consoles to entry your web site or not.

In a follow-up article of types final month (Google and the 3DS Browser), Anna discovered that Google doesn’t belief designers and builders to do the appropriate factor. She found that when a 3DS browser person seems up a web site on Google’s search engine, Google’s hyperlink takes the person to a dumbed-down model of the web page:

So Google is making use of its personal layout-free CSS template and disabling Javascript on the entire internet for 3DS browsers coming by its search engine.

Her guess (and ours) is that Google is making an attempt to be useful by simplifying complicated web sites for customers of lower than stellar browsers and gadgets. Should you’re utilizing a 3DS browser and wish to entry an precise internet web page, not a dumbed-down subset model, it’s worthwhile to sort the web page’s URL into your 3DS and keep away from Google’s search engine just like the plague.

Intrigued by Anna’s posts, and by her screenshots of the outdated (2005–2012) A Record Aside design within the outdated (2012) 3DS, A Record Aside designer Mike Decide ran the responsive 2013 format of the journal by the brand new 3DS (

Seems to be fairly good, other than some odd glitches in italic textual content. Notable: the default sans font features a numero glyph.

As famous within the unique put up after all, you don’t get to see the great responsive design in case you arrive through Google.

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