Apps vs Responsive Sites
Note: this post was published in July 2012!
Everyone agrees the future of the Internet is mobile. However, why is usability guru Jakob Nielsen, pictured here, arguing for a move back to separate apps ?
He believes Responsive Web Design(RWD) is not fit for purpose. Maybe he doesn’t understand it. To be fair, this year even web developers have been falling out of love with RWD.
Ground-Breaking Responsive Web Design
With the recent rise in super sized monitors and smartphone browsing, RWD seeks to solve this problem.
RWD was trailblazed by Ethan Marcotte (pictured here) in his tutorial, ‘A list apart’. It allows developers to group CSS rules into ‘media queries’ based on screen size. This means content can be displayed in a variety of ways, depending on screen size.
Jakob’s main argument is, whilst RWD allows you to change how the content looks, you can’t change what the content is.
Oh oh. Sounds like Jakob is in need of some technical education! Jakob, please go to your first lesson in the grey box.