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Mastering Responsive Web Design

By : Ricardo Zea
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Mastering Responsive Web Design

By: Ricardo Zea

Overview of this book

Building powerful and accessible websites and apps using HTML5 and CSS3 is a must if we want to create memorable experiences for our users. In the ever-changing world of web design and development, being proficient in responsive web design is no longer an option: it is mandatory. Each chapter will take you one step closer to becoming an expert in RWD. Right from the start your skills will be pushed as we introduce you to the power of Sass, the CSS preprocessor, to increase the speed of writing repetitive CSS tasks. We’ll then use simple but meaningful HTML examples, and add ARIA roles to increase accessibility. We’ll also cover when desktop-first or mobile-first approaches are ideal, and strategies to implement a mobile-first approach in your HTML builds. After this we will learn how to use an easily scalable CSS grid or, if you prefer, how to use Flexbox instead. We also cover how to implement images and video in both responsive and responsible ways. Finally, we build a solid and elegant typographic scale, and make sure your messages and communications display correctly with responsive emails.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Mastering Responsive Web Design
About the Author
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Create your designs in a desktop-first view, but implement them with mobile-first

Let's look at some terminology so that we're on the same page:

  • Wireframe: This is a very basic visual representation of a layout using only outlines, in other words, in black and white. There are no colors, no branding, and no defined styles of any kind.

  • Design/Comp: This is a fleshed out wireframe with colors, branding, and styles. It's a very close representation (usually, say, 95 percent close to the final product) of the final page/site/app without going into markup or coding of any kind.

  • HTML mockup or HTML template: This is when the design has been implemented into an actual HTML page with CSS and—sometimes—JavaScript. It can only be viewed in the browser. It's practically an exact representation (99 percent close to the final product) of how the page/site/web app will look and work like.

With the terminology clear, let's continue.

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