Responsive Design

John Gruber links to the new Boston Globe website:

Fascinating new website for The Boston Globe — resize your browser window and you’ll see what I mean. There is no need for an “iPhone” or “mobile” version — the layout simply reflows naturally on small screens. The design is uncluttered and reader-friendly. How many newspaper website designs can you say that about?

I really like the idea of not designing multiple pages for specific devices, but having pages that respond to various characteristics of the software/device rendering the page. This is called responsive design. I only recent became aware of this concept when Audrey Romano and Jim Vomero used these methods to make the new WebAccess single-sign-on page at PSU more mobile friendly and accessible. I’m a big fan of the new WebAccess page.

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