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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
About the Reviewers


We discussed a lot of interesting stuff in this chapter, for sure. We saw how using desktop-first to create our designs and wireframes is beneficial because having a large canvas allows us to explore different layouts and properly arrange the hierarchy of the content.

When creating HTML mockups, using mobile-first is better because a mobile-friendly site will have more reach, allow focused content, and leverage mobile devices' technologies.

We were able to retrofit with AWD and RWD a fixed-width site using the magic formula. We also discussed the benefits of RWD, since it required a lot less code. However, the analysis of the travel sites clearly shows us that RWD sometimes isn't the right solution.

We also saw how Respond.js can be used to make legacy browsers support media queries if we are building with a mobile-first approach. Using conditional classes is a good technique because it's not intrusive, it's very easy to implement, and it has no JavaScript dependencies.

In the next chapter...