What is beyond the power of responsive design?
We all understand the importance of responsive design and against the background of the growing popularity of mobile devices, designers have to come to grips with the issue of presenting their sites to smartphone users in the same quality in which they can work while sitting at a 27-inch monitor.
Adaptive design is nothing more than a technology that allows developers to adhere to standards, despite the diversity of formats. And while more and more designers are switching to responsive design, we can personally observe and hear about what it is and what it gives us. And what about the fact that he can not afford and what he can not be? * Wonkavision. There is a misconception that a rubber template, as an integral part of an adaptive design, is able to present absolute copies of pages on any screen of devices on the market. This, of course, is impossible. To fit all that you see on a large, handy monitor screen into a smartphone display, this means sacrificing something, that is, content.
When the site is displayed on a smaller screen, then there are cases when a certain part of the content is hidden in order to display the most basic one. Often, the category of inaccessible content includes images or graphic elements that still do not display properly on such small screens. Text content is never discarded. Maximum saves time. CSS really saves time. It is necessary to slightly change the color value and thousands of your pages will look completely different. Before getting acquainted with responsive design, you had to repeatedly develop its design in order to display the web page properly on any device. Now, the rubber layout of the adaptive design is designed to solve this problem, and in most cases it succeeds. But still, he terribly resembles another technology that promised uninterrupted cross-platform work – Java.
At one time, Java was advertised under the slogan “write once, run everywhere” (“Once created, works everywhere”), but, nevertheless, if you were even slightly interested in quality assurance, then using this technology, you still had to conduct full-scale testing. The same can be said with confidence about responsive design. You may create the page once, but you still have to test it, and on each device. And it will take time. Accelerates loading. In terms of usability, a long load time is the worst offense. Long-loading sites make people frustrated, and in most of these cases, users simply leave them before they can evaluate your work invested in their development.
As I mentioned above, in order to fit content into smaller screens, it sometimes has to be trimmed, and this usually concerns images. The problem with this is that these images must in any case be downloaded from the server. They are hidden from the user, but they are not forgotten. Is adaptive design really worth it? According to a survey conducted by the Pugh Research Center, 60% of users of mobile devices use browsers to read news instead of mobile applications. In other words, when it comes to text content, it turns out that people give their preference to browsers, rather than applications, so displaying such content in a convenient form on the screens of all types of devices is simply obligatory.
But time does not stand still, the technology of adaptive design will be improved accordingly and the shortcomings we mentioned here will be forgotten. At the moment, it is only necessary to pay attention to them, at least you will know in advance those nuances that usually elude us due to the fact that they are written in small print. * Television, with which you can interact and touch from the inside, as it was presented in the classic 1970 film by Willy Wonk.
Now it is no longer a fantasy – in 2011, a student at the University of California created a prototype of such a television, which is able to turn your own hands into virtual ones as soon as you place them inside the device. Moreover, if desired, hands can easily move virtual objects inside the TV.