I was fortunate enough to be at the Responsive Summit last week. Unfortunately many of those who weren’t there responded to this very negatively on Twitter and described the event as elitist. Suffice it to say, I understand where you are coming from, but it just wouldn’t have been possible to have everyone around one table. I think Josh Brewer did an excellent job channeling the questions that were asked from the wider community and submitted on the responsive summit website.
So what knowledge did I gain from this day? We discussed every detail of what it means to create a responsive website. We even discussed future tools for designing websites which respond to their context and new file formats for images which could responsively enhance themselves. I’m really excited about the future of the web, but how can we improve our work using only the tools available today?
Any website that uses tiling background images will experience this issue. Whilst the page is loading, the content is displayed before the background images has downloaded, and so the site may look similar to this:
Along the way I encountered some hurdles and came up with some pretty nifty solutions. I thought I’d share some of them.
When it comes to the new HTML5 elements, most browsers can handle them just fine. All versions of Internet Explorer prior to IE9 won’t create dom structure for these elements. This seems like a bit of an issue.
Everyone is keen to get started with CSS3, and transitions are a great way to animate a hover effect or any change between CSS properties. This works great for people with modern browsers, but there are quite a few people who may miss out on the greatness.