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Reading up on Responsive Web Design

I’ve been doing some research lately on Responsive Web Design. I’ve even gone so far as to buy A Book Apart’s new edition, Responsive Web Design to try and wrap my head around what it really  is and what is involved. (Plug for the book, it really helps to make sense of what people are trying to accomplish). For those not in the know like myself, it is the ability to come up with one basic web template for a site that is flexible to all the possible formats and functions that it may serve. For instance, if you are viewing a page in a browser that is 1280px by 1024px you would see a very wide page but things wouldn’t seem all stretched out. Everything would succeed in displaying in a useful manner. Alternatively, if you were browsing using an iPhone not in Landscape mode then you would end up with one column if that is what you so desired. An iPad would show 2-3 columns depending on if it was in landscape or portrait mode. 

Now, I’ve been using an iPhone pretty much since they came out and have gotten used to seeing the same thing that a person using a full screen desktop browser would. I’m not sure I would like websites changing just because I was on smaller screen real estate. I might miss out on something. But on the other hand, I’ve been to many sites on my mobile browser that are just too wide and the font is just too small to even come close.

So, my recommendation to those of you delving into the “Responsive Web Design” arena would be to just ensure that your site is readable and navigable on an iPhone, Blackberry, or Android phone. If not, you really need to address this because the mobile market is becoming more important than desktop computers. I read where there is 3.3 phones sold for every desktop right now. That’s not to be taken lightly.