Responsive Web Design

by Ethan Kershaw
June 10, 2011 8:11 AM

More improvements on the Backchannel App this week! One that I especially like is the addition of responsive web design. Its more than just a web design principle with a fancy name. What responsive web design means is that the App will be displayed differently depending on the size of the area its being viewed in. For example, if it is being viewed on a laptop it will show the full app, but if an iPhone is the device being used a more mobile friendly version will be displayed. The app will have 3 styles: Desktop, iPad, and iPhone.

Its interesting to see how this works. If tech-talk frightens you just skip down to the next paragraph. All of the styling is still in primarilly one stylesheet (other stylesheets are for plugins and such). Responsive web design uses media queries in the CSS to establish parameters for when certain CSS rules should be applied. These queries are related to screen resolution which allows us to target the different mobile devices and style accordingly.

This part of the Backchannel App has been fun for me. When I first heard we would be implementing responsive web design I thought it would be very complicated. Instead, its been suprising to see what all can be done in less than 100 lines of CSS.


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Mark   6/10/2011 4:54:33 PM
I like the responsive web design idea.  I think that will be a great benefit to have the display in three styles depending on whether you are displaying on Desktop, iPad or iPhone.  Backchannel just keeps getting better!
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So is this all done in CSS or a JS library?

Either way it is definitly amazing to have this functionality in an app in a world of many mobile devices.
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CSS is one of the best things that's ever happened on the web, at least in my opinion. I've just proven this to myself by figuring out how to use it to do what I previously only did using JavaScript, which is slower and more CPU intensive and unnecessary. I was spending way too many lines of code and too much time writing image-swapping functions (it's easy, I know) but i'll never have to write another one again.

Responsive web design is great too. Screens now are DEFINITELY not "one size fits all". Every phone has a different screen, we have 27" iMacs and desktops with 17" monitors and dual screens. You really have to be able to adapt to what potential viewers have.

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