[whatwg] Features for responsive Web design

Jacob Mather jmather at itsmajax.com
Wed May 16 12:33:56 PDT 2012

On Wed, May 16, 2012 at 3:26 PM, Tab Atkins Jr. <jackalmage at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, May 16, 2012 at 12:12 PM, Jacob Mather <jmather at itsmajax.com> wrote:
>> Maybe this is the better question:
>> Why does the pre-loader matter so much?
> Because it lets pages load faster.

Sure, but s that enough to make for a massive pile of junk-work to do
whenever a site is redesigned?

Could this not be better addressed through better/faster css
processing? There would still be more of a delay, but I'm just trying
to say that the trade-offs could be more than worth it.

>> Basing the selected image off of browser width is inherently
>> backwards. The content should be informed by the layout, not by the
>> browser.
> Media Queries only provide you either the browser width/height or the
> device width/height.  So your responsive designs are all based off
> this information already.
> Content-based queries are unfortunately quite troublesome, for reasons
> that have been explained before on the www-style list.
> ~TJ

Responsive design at this point is primarily about the layout. There's
a little bit done with the content, but generally it is just in making
sure the content itself is elastic to fill the layout space given.

It makes sense that content-aware queries would be difficult, as i'm
sure if coded incorrectly they could go recursive and tumble over.

Though, I don't think that means we should just accept a less than
perfect solution because the correct one is hard.

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