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AMP: Building Accelerated Mobile Pages

By : Ruadhan O'Donoghue
Book Image

AMP: Building Accelerated Mobile Pages

By: Ruadhan O'Donoghue

Overview of this book

Google introduced the Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) project to give mobile users lightning-fast response times when accessing web pages on mobile devices. AMP delivers great user experiences by providing a framework for optimizing web pages that otherwise would take much longer to load on a mobile platform. This book shows how to solve page performance issues using the mobile web technologies available today. You will learn how to build instant-loading web pages, and have them featured more prominently on Google searches. If you want your website to succeed on mobile, if you care about SEO, and if you want to stay competitive, then this book is for you! You will go on a mobile web development journey that demonstrates with concrete examples how to build lightning-fast pages that will keep your visitors on-site and happy. This journey begins by showing how to build a simple blog article-style web page using AMP. As new concepts are introduced this page is gradually refined until you will have the skills and confidence to build a variety of rich and interactive mobile web pages. These will include e-commerce product pages, interactive forms and menus, maps and commenting systems, and even Progressive Web Apps.
Table of Contents (24 chapters)
Title Page
About the Author
About the Reviewer
Customer Feedback
Actions and Events
amp-bind Permitted Attribute Bindings

Building navigation menus

Navigation is a key component of all but the simplest websites. So far, we haven't given it much attention, apart from a few horizontal links in our example page. In AMP, there are a few options for building navigation menus.

Horizontal navigation menus

Our example currently has only a few navigation items, but as we add more we can see a problem with the design: we'll quickly run out of horizontal space. We could just let the links wrap down to the next line, but maybe we can do better. Let's look at a few quick fixes we can apply to improve the situation.

Scrollable horizontal navigation

We can make a very simple improvement simply by applying CSS whitespace: nowrap, and overflow-x: scroll styles to our horizontal navigation bar. This will allow the menu items to extend beyond the edge of the page. The HTML for our links will look like this (/ch4/nav-div.html):

<div class="primary-nav">
    <li><a href="#">news</a></li>