Google wants to speed up the web, and it has a plan:
For many, reading on the mobile web is a slow, clunky and frustrating experience – but it doesn’t have to be that way. The Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) Project is an open source initiative that embodies the vision that publishers can create mobile optimized content once and have it load instantly everywhere. Right off the bat, if you use the AMP project page to get a sense of how capable Google is of doing this right, you may become a little deflated. For starters, it fails on the accessibility front, lacking alt text on images, a lang attribute on the element, controls on its opening video, and sufficient text contrast. It also seems to demonstrate just why we want faster pages by itself weighing in at 44MB over 124 requests, taking nearly 6 seconds to load.
I’ve tried to come to terms with AMP, but just can’t bring myself to do it.
If a client insists on it, I’ll do my best to convince them otherwise, but if they continue to insist I’ll of course implement it because pick your battles (TM).
This has turned out to be a great resource for keeping up with the flaws of AMP though.