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When size does count... Responsive Web Design Explained
“On one side mobile screens are getting smaller and smaller, on the other end of the scale static screens are getting larger and larger.”
You may have encountered a new trend on your travels around cyberspace. It may not have jumped out at you as being revolutionary because, honestly, you probably didn't even notice it. But be assured, when it comes to responsive web design some very clever coding goes into making your online experience so seamless you can't even detect it.
Easy access on any device
With internet users increasingly accessing websites from multiple devices- super wide monitors, small laptops, iPads and mobile phones, the large variance in size means traditional design and coding must make special exceptions is if you want your site to be multiple-device-ready.
Responsive web design solves this issue.
Referring to developing a website design in a manner that helps the lay out change according to the user's computer screen size and resolution, responsive web design creates flexible and fluid layouts that adapt to almost any screen size.
But it's also about adapting to the user's needs and device capabilities. For example, a mobile user may be viewing your site on a small screen and in responsive web design the site will be designed to detect the screen size and 'magically' fit the smaller screen giving the user a perfect viewing experience.
Your needs are met
But responsive web design also takes into account the user's needs. For example, do your needs change when you are using a mobile device? Perhaps your orders of priorities are different. You may need all the information usually provided on a larger screen, but you may need to restructure your content to better suit a user on-the-go. It is these kind of factors that influence responsive web design.
On one side mobile screens are getting smaller and smaller, on the other end of the scale static screens are getting larger and larger. With these increasing demands on web developers, responsive web design will soon become a standard in design.