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Sams, December 2014
Softcover, 384 pages
23.1cm × 19cm × 2cm

Responsive Web Design in 24 Hours, Sams Teach Yourself

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Learn responsive web design (RWD) with HTML5, CSS3 & JavaScript in just 24 one-hour lessons

Sams Teach Yourself Responsive Web Design in 24 Hours helps you create websites that work equally well on everything from smartphones and tablets to multi-screen monitors.

This book's straightforward, step-by-step approach shows how to use HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to build the responsive sites today's users and clients want. In just a few hours, you'll be building layouts, sites, forms, and web apps that automatically adapt to virtually any device. Every lesson builds on what you've already learned, giving you a rock-solid foundation for real-world success.

Learn how to...

Create effective and reliable responsive designs with CSS3, HTML5, and JavaScript

Use progressive enhancement to consistently provide the right content while making the most of each device and browser

Establish breakpoints and write CSS media queries to respond appropriately to each user agent

Choose the right layout and wireframing approach for your site

Use web fonts to control typography and choose sizes that look good on any device

Master three ways to make tables responsive

Build responsive forms using the latest HTML5 tags and attributes

Implement responsive navigation patterns that users understand intuitively

Test for responsiveness and performance

Use Responsive Design + Server Side Components (RESS) to optimize performance



HOUR 1: What Is Responsive Web Design?

  • History of Responsive Web Design

  • Why We Need Responsive Web Design

HOUR 2: Alternatives to Responsive Web Design

  • Table-Based Layouts
  • CSS Layouts

  • Detection Scripts

HOUR 3: The Growth of Mobile

  • Basic Cell Phones

  • Smartphones

  • Tablets

  • Retina Devices

  • Why Responsive Design Is Important

HOUR 4: Progressive Enhancement

  • What Is Progressive Enhancement?

  • How to Use Progressive Enhancement on a

  • Website

  • Benefits of Progressive Enhancement

HOUR 5: HTML for Responsive Web Design

  • Using HTML5
  • Clean Code

  • Don't Forget Semantic Elements

  • Validating Your HTML

HOUR 6: Basic CSS

  • How to Write CSS Rules

  • Embedded and External Style Sheets

  • Styling Fonts and Colors

  • Creating a Layout with CSS

  • Understanding Cascading and Specificity

HOUR 7:Unobtrusive JavaScript

  • What Is Unobtrusive JavaScript?

  • How to Implement Unobtrusive JavaScript


HOUR 8: Planning a Responsive Website

  • Should You Make Your Website Responsive?

  • How to Plan for a Responsive Website

HOUR 9:Mobile First

  • Why Design for Mobile First?

  • What Makes a Site Mobile Friendly?

  • What About Mobile Only?

HOUR 10: CSS Media Queries

  • What Is a Media Query?

  • Media Query Expressions

HOUR 11: Breakpoints

  • What Is a Breakpoint?

  • How to Define Breakpoints in CSS

  • Optimal Breakpoints

HOUR 12: Layout

  • What Is Web Layout?

  • Types of Layouts

  • Columns in Layout

HOUR 13: Navigation

  • Why Responsive Navigation Is Important

  • What Makes Navigation Mobile Friendly?

  • Basic RWD Navigation Patterns

HOUR 14: Responsive Fonts and Typography

  • Using Web Fonts

  • Sizing Typography

  • Relative Versus Absolute Font Sizes

  • New CSS3 Measurement Units

HOUR 15: Creating and Using Images in RWD

  • Making Images Responsive

  • Improving Download Speeds

  • Building and Using Retina-Ready Images

HOUR 16: Videos and Other Media in RWD

  • How to Make Videos Responsive
  • Making YouTube Videos Responsive

HOUR 17: Tables in Responsive Web Design

  • Tables on Small Devices

  • Can Tables Be Responsive?

  • Where Do Layout Tables Fit in RWD?

HOUR 18: Responsive Web Forms

  • HTML5 Forms

  • Making Web Forms Usable

  • Creating Responsive Forms

HOUR 19: Testing Responsive Websites

  • Testing in Your Browser

  • Testing in a Device for All Your Breakpoints

  • How to Test When You Don't Have the Devices

HOUR 20: Problems with Responsive Web Design

  • Responsive Designs Can Be Slow
  • RWD Can Make More Work for Designers

  • Not All Customers Like Responsive Sites

  • RWD May Break Advertising


HOUR 21: Tools for Creating Responsive Web Designs

  • Planning and Designing Your RWD Site
  • HTML Element and CSS Tools

  • Web Editors for Building Responsive Web Pages

HOUR 22: Device and Feature Detection

  • Why Use Detection Scripts

  • Modernizr


HOUR 23: Using RESS with RWD

  • What Is RESS?

  • Benefits of Using RESS

  • Getting Started with RESS

  • When to Use RESS

HOUR 24: RWD Best Practices

  • Give Everyone the Best Experience

  • Use the Best Breakpoints You Can

  • Be Flexible and Think Small

  • Don't Forget the Content

  • Manage Costs

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