Conquering the uncanny valley: making web apps as smooth as native

The FT web app, along with many other HTML5 websites, blurs the boundaries between apps and websites, and opens a debate that still rages about what it means to build using web technologies today.

For newspapers, this stuff matters. The FT is 125 years old this year, and to ensure we’re still going strong at 250, we need to fundamentally change the way we distribute our journalism. We need to invest in technologies that will stand the test of time, and create user experiences as good as reading a physical paper. So our aim is not just to create an efficient and powerful delivery channel for our own content, but also to protect and nurture the development and maturity of the web platform.

Right now creating high quality user experiences in HTML5 is very hard, and to get to where we are today we need a huge bundle of hacks and extreme techniques, many of which I’ll cover in the session.

In the future we hope these rough edges will get smoothed, in the same way that print production has evolved over a century to be the incredible logistical miracle it is today. Hopefully, the web won’t take that long.


Andrew是英国金融时报实验室的负责人,同时也是一位PHP和JavaScript程序员。他的团队致力于研发试验性质的Web技术并发布相关产品——比如金融时报Web App. 在加入金融时报实验室之前,Andrew创建了Web咨询公司Assanka,为诸如News International, The Economist Group and the FT这样的客户打造创新性的Web项目。