When I wrote the first edition of this book in 2011 and 2012, it was by no means certain that responsive web design would become the de facto approach for web design for the foreseeable future. Here we are, 10 years and three further editions later, and its popularity and utility show no sign of abating.
There’s a saying that is apt for the authors of technical books, “When one person teaches, two people learn.” That’s certainly been the case each time I write a new edition. I’ve learned so much more covering these topics than I imagined I would. In my day-to-day work, I already find myself coming back to certain chapters and sections when trying to refresh my memory on how to do one thing or another that I have subsequently forgotten. I hope these pages prove as resourceful for you!
Thinking back on the contents of the first edition, it’s also struck me just how capable the technologies we have at our disposal have become. If you are an old hand at the web development game, feel free to jump right in to some of the newest topics such as CSS color or cascade layers – I’d be shocked if you didn’t come away the least bit excited. Many of the things now trivial would have blown my mind a decade ago.
I won’t waste any more of your precious time here. Thank you for taking the time to read this book. I hope you enjoy this latest edition and take plenty from it. Please reach out to me via my website at benfrain.com with your thoughts, both good and bad, and any questions that arise. They will naturally inform the content of any future editions.
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