Responsive Web Design. The English architect Christopher Wren once quipped that his chosen field “aims for Eternity,” and there’s something appealing about that formula: Unlike the web, which often feels like aiming for next week, architecture is a discipline very much defined by its permanence.
A building’s foundation defines its footprint, which defines its frame, which shapes the facade. Each phase of the architectural process is more immutable, more unchanging than the last. Creative decisions quite literally shape a physical space, defining the way in which people move through its confines for decades or even centuries. Working on the web, however, is a wholly different matter. Our work is defined by its transience, often refined or replaced within a year or two. But the landscape is shifting, perhaps more quickly than we might like. In recent years, I’ve been meeting with more companies that request “an iPhone website” as part of their project.
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Being mobile and Web-based, there are obviously going to be performance concerns. Mobile Web App vs. Mobile as a Platform Desktop vs. Keep File Sizes Small. Mobile-friendly: The mobile web optimization guide - Opera Developer Community. By Bruce Lawson Updated April 2012 to modernise references, eg "will be supported in IE9" and to change the default assumed width in Opera Mobile from 850 to 980 pixels.
Contents Introduction If I had a Euro for everyone who asks me at conferences how they can mobilise their web site, I'd be extraordinarily rich as well as breathtakingly handsome. It's easy to see why people wish to make their sites mobile friendly; Gartner research suggests that by 2013, mobile phones will overtake PCs as the most common Web access device worldwide. Many customers are already using mobile devices as their main method of Web access, particularly in emerging markets — the July 2009 Statistical Report on Internet Development in China states that the proportion of [people] accessing the Internet by mobile increased enormously from 39.5% in late 2008 to 46% in June 2009, while the proportion of using desktops and laptops decreased.
Mobile Strategy, Data Visualization, and Design Process - Big Challenges, Big Rewards. By Jared M.