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Responsive design is an approach to web page creation that makes use of flexible layouts, flexible images and cascading style sheet media queries.  The goal of responsive design is to build web pages that detect the visitor’s screen size and orientation and change the layout accordingly.

Responsive design is a somewhat retro approach to web site design that solves a lot of design problems caused by the proliferation of new types of mobile devices. Responsive design pages use x and y coordinates on a grid for layout and mathematical percentages for images instead of fixed-width parameters. Using percentages instead of fixed-width parameters and a grid layout creates a more fluid layout that will resize itself to fit the size of the display.

Media queries, a feature of cascading style sheets (CSS), allow the developer to specify when a certain style takes effect. With CSS2, for example, a media query will serve printer-friendly style sheets if requested. CSS3 has expanded query capabilities that allow style sheets to be targeted to a device’s display and serve a desktop, tablet or smartphone style sheet depending on the query response.

This capacity means that instead of having to build a special mobile version of a website -- which often requires writing new code from scratch -- developers can simply build multiple style sheets for the same web page and perhaps even associate different images with each of the style sheets. As a result, HTML code can be repurposed instead of having to be rewritten, which saves considerable development time.

 

Chris Converse of Codify Design Studio demonstrates the basic elements of responsive design:

 

See also: mobile application development, Web app, native app, hybrid app, mobile browser, mobile OS

This was last updated in January 2012

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Les comparto un muy buen video tutorial gratuito de Responsive Design:
http://responsivedesigndesdecero.com/

Espero les sirva!!
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Great resource for responsive web design. We’ve added it to the Responsive Design Knowledge Hub: http://www.ugurus.com/responsive-design-definition
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Thanks for the info.. few good responsive websites @ www.visitresponsivewebsites.com
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It is helpful.......
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Thanks for info! nice post. Responsive website http://freemiumdownload.com/
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Do you have links for the other videos? Nice post.
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If anyone wants to know about responsive website design, then this article is really helpful for those who trying to implement a responsive website for tablet mode, mobile friendly and for phablet user.
Here is one more article for latest website design trends which I have read, in that article also they have mentioned about what is the importance of the responsive website design.

http://www.aarnasystems.com/blog/website-design-trends-india/
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Unfortunately responsive design is only responsive to screen dimensions, not bandwidth. Huge images and videos will resize nicely but just won’t work on low bandwidth clients (typically mobile phones). This is the major reason people use adaptive breakpoints. The server language can swap the huge media file for a lower resolution one that is appropriate for the device. Assuming adequate server resources, it’s typically better to produce several versions of an uploaded media file at different resolutions (e.g. in a forked process triggered by the upload) so that they can be served quickly. Otherwise a media based website will be too slow to provide an adequate user experience, or often it just won’t work. Responsive is great in contexts where bandwidth can never be an issue, e.g. a site without media content. As an example, that’s exactly what bootstrap was developed for. <a href="https://www.whitechek.com/">website development company in jaipur</a>
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