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Smashing Book 5: Real-Life Responsive Web Design by Smashing Magazine

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Beyond Responsive: Optimizing For Offline

By John Allsopp and Matt Gaunt

We spend a lot of time discussing layouts and breakpoints and media queries and adjustments between various form factors, but perhaps there is one aspect of responsiveness that we tend to not spend enough time talking about. What if we think a bit beyond all those familiar aspects, and consider how responsive a website or an application should be when the user isn’t online? What if I told you that as a user, you don’t have to be online to use the web, and a website or a web application would respond to this accordingly?

There’s a general (and understandable) belief held by many developers, not to mention most users, that websites and web applications have a very serious limitation ...

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