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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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Using FlowType.js for increased legibility

One of the most compelling editorial principles states that the ideal line length for the most legible typography is between 45 and 75 characters.

That's a pretty decent range if you ask me. However, actually making your paragraphs long enough, or short enough for that matter, is like a "blind leading the blind" game. How can we tell whether the combination of the width of a container and its font size actually meet the 45 to 75 characters recommendation? Also, on small or medium screens, how can you tell this is the case?

Tricky one, eh?

Well, no need to worry because with FlowType.js, we can address these issues.

You can download the plugin from

The first thing we need is the HTML, so here's the markup we're going to use:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<!--[if IE 8]> <html class="no-js ie8" lang="en"> <![endif]-->
<!--[if IE 9]> <html class="no-js ie9" lang="en"> <![endif]-->
<!--[if gt...