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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
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The pros and cons of CSS frameworks for RWD

With RWD as our main driver for any decisions we make in terms of layout versus screen real estate, let's take a look at what the good and not so good things are about CSS frameworks:

The advantages are as follows:

  • They are very useful to rapidly build responsive prototypes rather than showing static wireframes.

  • Cross-browser issues are already taken care of.

  • They force you, in a good way, to create grid-based layouts.

  • They offer a solid starting point to build on top of.

  • The modularity allows you to handpick the components you want. For example, you can just use the CSS grid module or you can use the forms module.

  • Changing the styling to fit your design(s) is relatively easy.

  • If you aren't too good at CSS, you can still use a CSS framework to implement your own designs.

The disadvantages are as follows:

  • They can bloat your project(s) with CSS that you will never use.

  • They have a large footprint if you decide to use the entire CSS framework.

  • You might need...