Tonight, an interesting thing happened. A guy I don’t know contacted me via the contact form on this very site. I’m not going to the name the guy, his company, or his product, but this is more or less what he said:
Hey Jeff! I just started following you on Twitter and I really like your site. I work at an interactive design and product company, myself. You tweeted tonight about something I haven’t heard of — what curious what that is. Thanks!
Intrigued by this guy, who seemed genuinely interested in me, my work, and my social life, I did what any self-respecting web geek would do: I Googled him.
PPK details the myth that is the idea that “WebKit on mobile is taking over.” His point, which is totally valid, is that while WebKit is indeed becoming the dominant rendering engine on mobile platforms, each of those platforms has distinctly different versions of WebKit, so the idea that if you build for WebKit, all of these devices will render your site the exact same way is a misconception. His point is well taken, if a bit dramatic. It’s true that there are subtle differences between each version, and it’s also true that most people don’t realize this. But, in the real-world, they’re “close enough” that targeting WebKit will generally get you a very similar experience on all these platforms.