In today’s online environment, Web designers must create websites that are responsive to provide a positive experience in every viewport—from small touch-screen environments to large-screen browsers where users interact using a mouse or pointing device. Web design requires building sites that are intuitive, inviting, accessible, and attractive in every possible device and environment.
In this course, you will learn to identify and address every aspect of responsive Web design: from scaling elements and adjusting page layout, to adapting color schemes and implementing accessible forms. You will master the use of HTML5 linked to media queries in CSS3 to adapt content to fit your user’s viewpoint, and see how jQuery Mobile can help you to mobile sites. This course will teach you to design and build fully responsive websites optimized for smartphones, tablets, and laptop/desktop viewing environments.
In this first lesson, you will take a look at exactly what responsive Web design is, why it is necessary, and the basic concepts in building responsive websites. You will examine some models of responsive design and see what you can learn from them. Then you will learn how to apply relative units of measurement to optimize the display of images and text in different viewports and environments.
In this lesson, you will investigate how menus function differently depending on the browsing environment, and you will find out how to design responsive menus that adapt to full-screen desktop or laptop environments as well as smartphones and tablets. You will learn to apply CSS3’s media feature. Then you will discover responsive color schemes and fonts that will ensure visibility and readability in a wide range of viewing environments. You will also learn how to test color schemes for contrast value, and you will explore Google Fonts as a source of downloadable Web fonts compatible with mobile devices.
Explore a basic strategy of applying a 3-2-1 framework with stacked columns. You will learn how to use media queried, HTML5’s semantic elements, and logical operators to build pages that are user-friendly in devices of all sizes. Then you will learn a simple way to collapse content into expandable blocks for mobile users, but present an alternate page layout for full-sized viewports. You will use the HTML5 <details> and <summary> tags to make content that users can expand or collapse on a small screen. You will also use media queries to present the content in full-size viewports in columns rather than the expandable and collapsible blocks that work in mobile devices.
This lesson will show you an array of strategies for making sure photos aren’t slowing down your responsive sites. You will learn to compress images to reduce file size while maintaining image quality, build a cache file to make photos download more quickly for users on return visits, and manage image downloads with jQuery widgets. You will also learn what video hosts work best when designing responsive sites. Then you will learn to create and embed SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) images, and scale them responsively.
In this final lesson, you will expand your capacity to provide mobile users with an app-like experience. This means you will integrate more styling and interactive animation. You will do this by connecting with a set of widgets and animated elements from the jQuery Mobile framework. You will employ media queries to keep the full-sized viewport experience friendly. Then you will continue to work with the jQuery Mobile framework to build a Web app welcome page that can serve as a mobile-friendly entryway into your site. You will learn to define and apply a media query so that users coming from laptop or desktop sized viewports see a more traditional navigation bar that works well with large screens. You will build a home page to show off all the projects you have created in this class.
Prerequisites / Requirements
Some experience creating Web pages with HTML and CSS is needed before enrolling in this course.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.
- PC: Windows XP or later.
- Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
- Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
WHEN CAN I GET STARTED?
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO COMPLETE EACH LESSON?
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
WHAT IF I NEED AN EXTENSION?
The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.