Dawn Of The Planet Of The Large, Modern Browsers

The Official Movie site for Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes has launched and, chattering chimpanzees, is it a piece of work! As if I weren’t excited enough about the film. It’s not released until July 2014 but the site gives fans a taste of what’s happened since the end of Rise.

If we want to find out how the outbreak of Simian Flu has ravaged us humans we’ll need a large, modern browser.

The site has a ‘mobile’ version (with some sadly clipped and low-res non-retina sharing icons) so you might assume that version would form the basis of a small tablet version too. You’d be wrong. Hold an iPad mini in portrait orientation and you’ll see a message asking you to “Please rotate your device to landscape mode.”

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes mobile site and on iPad mini in portrait orientation

Although I know that some apes already use iPads, maybe other ape fingers are too big to use tablets? No, that’s not right because rotating an iPad into landscape orientation gives us access to the site’s content.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes on an iPad mini in landscape orientation

It’s a similar story on the desktop. The site’s content’s unavailable below a 990px breakpoint. If our viewport’s narrower than that we’re asked to “Please resize your browser larger to properly view the site.” Good luck if you want to mute the site’s background sounds as the controls are hidden at this size.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes on a desktop at 990px.

Still, there’s no argument that the site’s mightily impressive when you see it scaled large, really large.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes maximised on a 27" iMac at 2560x1440px.

Taking care of very large screens is something we tried to do with our own apes (not connected of course, not at all) on the Stuff & Nonsense redesign last month too.

A couple of implementation details I noticed. First, both of the warnings I mentioned are written into the HTML:

‹div id="resize-rs" class="restriction"›
‹div class="container"›

‹div id="orientation-rs" class="restriction"›
‹div class="container"›
‹h1›PLEASE‹span class="red"› ROTATE ‹/span›YOUR DEVICE TO LANDSCAPE MODE‹/h1›

I wonder what impact that has on people who use screen readers?

One final point, as well as a large browser, the site requires a reasonably modern one too and has a browser upgrade warning for versions of Internet Explorer lower that 9. I can understand the reasoning behind that. I wouldn’t relish the task of working on a version of this site for IE8. In the site’s HTML.

‹!--[if lt IE 9]›
‹p class="lighter"›Please upgrade your browser to experience this site‹/p›
‹p›Select from the following supported browsers:‹/p›

‹ul class="browsers"›
‹li class="chrome"›‹a href="" target="_blank"›‹/a›‹/li›
‹li class="ff"›‹a href="" target="_blank"›‹/a›‹/li›
‹li class="safari"›‹a href="" target="_blank"›‹/a›‹/li›
‹li class="ie"›‹a href="" target="_blank"›‹/a›‹/li›

‹p class="alsoVisit"›Also visit us on‹/p›

‹ul class="social"›
‹li class="twitter"›‹a href="" target="_blank"›‹/a›‹/li›
‹li class="instagram"›‹a href="" target="_blank"›‹/a›‹/li›
‹li class="facebook"›‹a href="" target="_blank"›‹/a›‹/li›
‹li class="tumblr"›‹a href="" target="_blank"›‹/a›‹/li›
‹li class="google"›‹a href="" target="_blank"›‹/a›‹/li›
‹li class="youTube"›‹a href="" target="_blank"›‹/a›‹/li›

I don’t agree with every implementation decision, but who am I to quibble? I’m just an excited apes fan and because of that I bet you won’t be surprised when I say that I love this site. Is it July yet?


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