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Responsive Web Design, Vol. 2 by Smashing Magazine

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Responsive Web Design With Physical Units

By Radu Chelariu

This post should be titled “Getting Ahead of Yourself.” “…By a Few Years,” actually. Here’s the deal: at the time I’m writing this, early 2013, there’s no way to accurately design for the Web using physical units, nor will there be for a very long time. But there is a way to design while knowing the physical characteristics of the device — or, at least, there will be in the very near future.

Mobile devicesDifferent devices can have a similar screen resolution, yet entirely different physical factors. iPad (1st generation) has the diagonal size of 9.7″, the resolution 1024 × 768 and 132 ppi. Kindle Keyboard ...

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