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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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Recommendations for building better responsive e-mails

Although some e-mail clients are getting better at rendering e-mails, there are other e-mail clients that are not really as good as they should be. This means that we need to build something basic and progressively enhance it for better e-mail clients.

There are a few guidelines that are important to consider when building responsive e-mails:

  • Define the e-mail client with the least CSS and HTML support: Knowing which e-mail client has the least HTML and CSS support will save us unnecessary headaches and time during testing. Again, this is where analytics are crucial.

  • Use progressive enhancement: First, design and build for the e-mail client that has the least CSS and HTML support. Then, we enhance the design and experience using that core base.

  • Stay within a width of 550px to 600px: This is very important because most e-mail clients have very narrow preview panes. Moreover, 600px or less will look good on desktop clients and web browsers...