The rise of internet-connected smartphones has profoundly changed how users interact with the internet. Mobile internet traffic now accounts for more than half of all internet traffic and web development practices have evolved in order to provide a good user experience regardless of device type.
Responsive Web Design
The rise of responsive web design has changed how websites are built. Responsive web design was enabled by additions to the CSS language, like media queries and relative units. These additions allow the presentation of websites to adjust based on the size of the window in which they are displayed.
Mobile Applications and Devices
The rise of internet-connected mobile applications has changed the way that we think about browsing the internet. Users accessing the internet on smartphones are likely to spend much more time with specific applications, rather than using their phone’s browser.
Though most mobile applications are internet connected, they are not part of the world wide web. The web is built out of links, whereas mobile applications are designed to keep the user’s attention.
Check out the basic responsive website shown here. Try resizing the screen—you’ll notice the font size adjusting as the screen width changes.
Move to the next exercise when you’re ready to proceed.