Buffalo, NY (PRWEB) July 26, 2012
With the current excitement over supporting mobile devices, web developers have been adopting the concept of responsive web design (RWD), which allows layouts to scale and reflow based on the device and browser size the visitor is using. Mr. Roselli has noticed that the excitement over the use of these techniques has not helped the printed page, though, particularly on web sites that are often regarded as great examples of RWD.
“For many years I've pushed for print styles for sites,” says Mr. Roselli. “It's an easy step to take in the course of developing a site-it’s easy to test, and the techniques to do it have been around for over a decade. Something as rigid as a tabled layout could be relatively easily wrangled into a print-friendly document — without breaking any budgets.”
After some time spent earlier this year looking at sample sites that either proudly proclaimed their RWD heritage or were held up by others as great examples of RWD, Roselli decided to begin testing their print styles and found that, for the most part, they had none. In his tutorial, Roselli shared techniques that he hopes will enable developers to support the printed page with little additional effort and provide a level of understanding and comfort with print styles that they can be added to any project without blowing up a budget.
“I have written plenty about the lack of print styles on modern sites, particularly those claiming to use responsive techniques,” says Roselli. “I figured it was about time I showed some techniques to make it happen and hopefully demonstrate how dreadfully simple print styles are to do.”
Roselli’s tutorial is complemented by other articles in the issue on topics including creating flexible layouts that will work on any device and tutorials on HTML5’s Drag and Drop API and building a responsive site with CSS.
About Adrian Roselli - Mr. Roselli has been developing accessible, effective user interfaces for the World Wide Web since its inception and has nearly 20 years of experience in graphic design, web design and multimedia design, as well as extensive experience in internet commerce. He is a founding member and frequent contributor to evolt.org, a community, mailing list and web site made up of web professionals from around the globe who share their knowledge and experience in web development. He has written articles for a number of trade journals, web sites, and has authored chapters in four books, including Usability: The Site Speaks for Itself, Web Graphics for Non-Designers and The Web Professional's Handbook, and his work has been cited in many books and articles on usability, accessibility, and interface design.
About Algonquin Studios - Algonquin Studios is a professional services firm providing software development, IT services, web content management, web design and technology consulting since 1998. Our business and technology solutions solve problems for companies from many industries including legal, health care, financial services, and not-for-profit. We have offices in Buffalo, NY and New York City.
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