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The Basics of Responsive Web Design

In April of 2000, John Allsopp wrote an article entitled “A Dao of Web Design” on the website A List Apart [http://alistapart.com/article/dao]. The article essentially poses the following question: Do you try to control the naturally fluid medium of the web and the variety of ways people access it? Or do you treat this natural fluidity as a strength rather than as a weakness? John’s answer is simple: “Make pages which are adaptable.” In many ways this is a more difficult approach to building sites for the Web. There are advantages to starting with a fixed-layout size for a page, otherwise the approach ...

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