For some reason, somebody thought that "responsive" describes a user interface with a flexible layout that fits on screens of varying resolution and aspect ratio. But it doesn't. The word "layout" is missing from the phrase "responsive design." Even "flexible" alone would be far superior to "responsive."
Responses come after events. The simple presentation of a UI isn't an "event" that hits the UI, because the UI doesn't exist yet; its dimensions and layout have to be determined before it's presented. THEN it's ready to respond.
A responsive design would be one that responds to user input or other events, using AJAX or some similar technique.
With so many words available to us, why would we label something with such a meaningless (or worse, incorrect) term?
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
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