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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

Chapter 7. Meaningful Typography for Responsive Web Design

As I said in one of my talks at the Dayton Web Developers meeting:

"With a solid typographic scale you might even get away with not using a single image on your website."

The power of typography has got to be one of the most underappreciated assets in web design. Admittedly, we are seeing more and more designs where typography has been strongly considered, playing a major role in creating the intended atmosphere of a website or app.

In this chapter, our focus is going to be on a few aspects, tips, and tricks about the things we need to consider for RWD from a typography stand point.

We're going to talk about:

  • Pixels, ems or rems for typography?

  • Calculating relative font sizes.

  • Creating a Modular Scale for a harmonious typography.

  • Using the Modular Scale for typography.

  • Web fonts and how they affect RWD.

  • Using FitText.js for fluid-size headings.

  • Using FlowType.js to improve legibility.