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Responsive Web Design with HTML5 and CSS3 Essentials by Asoj Talesra, Gaurav Gupta, Alex Libby

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Comparing RWD to adaptive design

So, what is adaptive design, and how does it differ to responsive design?

Responsive design is about making one design fit many devices—it requires us to create the optimal viewing solution for a site, no matter which device we care to use. This means that we should not have to resize, scroll, or pan more than is absolutely necessary; if for example our page width doesn't fit the screen we're using, then our design isn't right! Ultimately though, we can view responsive design as a ball that grows or shrinks in size automatically, to fit several sizes of hoops.

Staying with the hoop analogy, adaptive design works on the principle that we have multiple layouts that are available for use; the browser will select the ...

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