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Responsive Web Design Techniques

October 15, 2012 IADT General, IADT San Antonio, Web Design and Development 0 Comments

Web DesignResponsive Web design is a topic that continues to get a lot of attention since it’s vastly different from traditional Web design techniques. Today, Web designers are expected to design websites that are functional across multiple screen resolutions, which is why responsive Web design is important.

A responsive Web design effectively allows the website to be viewed and respond to whatever the user is using to view the website. Website designers who haven’t used responsive Web design techniques may not be sure of when or how to use them- or what these techniques even are. Here are some of the responsive Web design techniques you need to know and understand.

Responsive Data Tables

Data tables can be extremely wide, and in order to see all of the information, you might need to zoom out - but that makes the text too small to read. Responsive design allows you to adjust the tables to accommodate screens of different sizes. Using responsive design principles, you can detect if the screen is smaller than the smallest size allowed by the table. If so, you can reformat the table.

Responsive Navigation Tables

When a browser window is narrow, how can a row of links be seen? With traditional Web design techniques, it’s not possible. Responsive navigation tables make it possible to convert a regular row of links into a dropdown menu when you have a narrow browser window.

CSS Media Queries

Creating a positive user experience is paramount with Web design, and CSS media queries can help. CSS media queries make it possible to dynamically change the design and layout of a website in order to deliver information a user needs in an easily accessible format. With CSS media queries, you can make subtle changes that make your website easier to read and use.

Creating Different Images

When designing a website for different devices, you’ll need to consider using multiple versions of your graphics. Why? With smaller screens, large images will take a long time to load, so using smaller graphics can greatly improve the user experience. Images can be switched dynamically, so you can customize the sizing and cropping of your graphics for each screen size out there.

Do you want to learn more about responsive web design and its applications? Look into a web design degree program near you.

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