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  • In this tutorial we discuss the difference between two development approaches: graceful degradation and progressive enhancement. Putting things simply, here are working definitions:
    Graceful degradationProviding an alternative version of your functionality or making the user aware of shortcomings of a product as a safety measure to ensure that the product is usable.Progressive enhancementStarting with a baseline of usable functionality, then increasing the richness of the user experience step by step by testing for support for enhancements before applying them.