What Is Responsive Web Design?

Responsive web design is an approach to building websites that meets web specification standards and flexible design models.

Around the late 2000s, web designers faced some new roadblocks when smart devices started to dominate. Web designers were walking through a digital minefield of cross-compatibility problems when it came time to building websites. They had to deal with inconsistencies with window width, screen resolution, different input devices, and numerous other idiosyncrasies that took forever to fix.

The actual term “responsive web design” was coined by Ethan Marcotte on his blog, A List Apart, in 2010. He was more than just a PR spokesman for the movement, however; he also played a major role in developing the best practices for it.

How Responsive Design Works?

Responsive design enables us to optimize the presence of a web page for many devices with a single piece of source code. This allows you to create similar experiences across different devices, or tailor a web page for a specific device.

There are three main technical components of responsive web design:

  1. Fluid Grids
  2. Flexible Media
  3. Media Queries

1. Fluid Grids

Fluid grids enable your design to adapt based on the user’s hardware and software. The main concept behind a fluid (responsive) grid is that the layout adjusts according to the client’s browsing environment.

Methods used to create a fluid grid involve sizing content with relative (i.e. percentage) units coupled with the use of CSS media queries. Fixed grids, on the other hand, use absolute units such as pixels or centimeters.

2. Flexible Media

Another important part of responsive web design is getting the media to adapt to the browsing environment. Some of the elements on the page may need to be resized, or removed from the display completely for certain devices. The resources below show you how to use tags and relative units for responsive media elements.

3. Media Queries

Fluid grids don’t address all of the problems posed by the growing number of different screen sizes:

  • On smaller screens, the layout may appear crowded
  • On wider screens, the layout may appear distorted.

In response, the W3C introduced the media query as a component of CSS3 to help fill in the gaps. Today most browsers support media queries.

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