About Graceful Degradation
This one is an important concept in modern web design. Basically, it refers to a philosophy of developing with current/latest technologies, but considering the devices (or situations) that are lesser capable or limited somehow. This notion can relate and be applied to different disciplines, but we’ll focus on the web development context.
A Fall Back for the Less Capable
An example of graceful degradation put to practice is the now-classic Lightbox script. It’s used to enhance the viewing experience of images, or as an image gallery. For example, displaying a set of thumbnails that, when clicked, open up a larger version while the rest of the site is faded usually to a dark background to highlight the image (larger version) on top.
This is where graceful degradation comes into play. An alternative, often more rudimentary way, is presented for the user to be able to get the information/content they need – in this case: an image. It may not have the originally-intended fancy look, but visitors will still be able to get the bigger image they want.
Why did I bring this up? Because our web tool is developed with this philosophy in mind. Your visitors will always get your content, regardless of old devices/outdated browsers!