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Responsive Design Gains Traction with Mobile Developers

A few weeks ago, WordPress released 3.3, named "Sonny" in honor of the great jazz saxophonist Sonny Stitt.

Its third major iteration, WordPress touts many new attributes to the upgrade: for the user there is a new drag-and-drop uploader, hover menus for the navigation, the new toolbar, improved co-editing support, and the new Tumblr importer.

For developers, there is the new editor API, new jQuery version, better ways to hook into the help screens and more performance post-slug-only permalinks.

Chief among these improvements, at least in WebMonkey’s opinion, is the new responsive design functionality–that is, its use of liquid layouts and scaling media to fit any screen size–which adapts the WordPress admin to smaller screens.

"While there are mobile apps from managing your WordPress site on the go, the actual web admin has never adapted to small screens. That changes with WordPress 3.3 and its new responsive admin page, which reflows content to fit the screen you’re using," it said.

Other Examples

The number of mobilized websites using Responsive Design is growing. Boston Globe’s new premium content mobile site, BostonGlobest.com, is based on it, says ReadWriteWeb.  "The HTML5 development community is heaping praise on BostonGlobe.com primarily for how the sites renders across varying screen sizes, an innovation called responsive design."

Another example is ProPublica, which rolled out a site optimized for small screens that's pliable and flexible enough to fit across device types and that runs off of the same code as the big-screen site, according to Nieman Lab.

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