The Web Platform aspires to be a universal platform, allowing access to and interaction with information, content and services. The Web Monetization ecosystem is expected to embrace that aspiration.
A universal platform means making Web technologies and Web applications work for everyone, no matter their disabilities, language or culture. It also means allowing these technologies to work on as many Web-capable devices as possible – a goal we refer to as device independence.
One of the goals of Grant for the Web is “broadening participation [...] by groups that have historically had less access around the world”. Designing for device-independence is key to that goal: without it, projects risk excluding people based on their economic means or their geographical origins, since not everyone can afford flagship devices, access to multiple devices (e.g. PCs, laptops & mobile), or stable access to fast networks.
To help Grant for the Web applicants and grantees achieve this important goal, we have prepared two documents to guide projects in this space:
- a guide for Web application developers, which focuses on design-independence when building and deploying Web applications, and
- a guide for projects that have a broader ecosystem impact, e.g. are trying to change the way browsers in general or Web Monetization in particular work.
We hope you'll find them useful starting points, and we very much welcome feedback on them!