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Peter Wiringa <[log in to unmask]>
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UofMN Web Standards <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 4 Nov 2011 10:44:10 -0500
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Ditto (but no commitment from me until Jan.).

On Fri, Nov 4, 2011 at 10:39 AM, Sara Hurley <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I'd love to
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> Sara Hurley
> Instructional Designer
> University of Minnesota School of Public Health
> 612.625.7709
> (Please forgive any typos, this was sent from my mobile.)
> On Nov 4, 2011 10:33 AM, "Dale Trexel" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Hello Folks,
>> I've been reading up about responsive web design lately, thinking about
>> how we might make it work for the Law School. So, when Tony Thomas posted
>> his slides from his recent talk to the Web Standards group, I was thankful,
>> but disappointed at the fact that that I'd missed out on an opportunity to
>> hear about and discuss the topic in person. (I've missed quite a few Web
>> Standards meetings this semester because of my schedule.) I exchanged a few
>> emails with him, and it turns out I'm not the only person who's interested
>> in the topic and who contacted him after he posted his slides.
>> It seems to me that responsive design is still young in development, and
>> people who have tried it are largely re-inventing the wheel with bits and
>> pieces of information scattered across the web. There are some
>> libraries/frameworks out there that attempt to provide a baseline for
>> newcomers to build off of, but the ones I've seen tend to focus on the
>> shifting-boxes-around problem without really tackling the other issues
>> related to responsive design (i.e., updating controls for touch vs. mouse
>> interactions and dynamically altering content to simplify and shift
>> emphasis as screen sizes get small). What if we were to come together and
>> build a framework that tackled all these issues using an approach that
>> starts off with a basic U of MN design, but allows for personalization by
>> colleges/departments?
>> Are there other folks out there who would be interested in putting
>> together a working group (or whatever you want to call it) that is focused
>> on this issue? I'd be willing to give a shot at organizing such an effort.
>> I have some ideas of my own for how such a framework should work, and I'd
>> be happy to hear what other folks have to say.
>> Dale Trexel
>> Web Manager
>> U of MN Law School

Peter Wiringa, Electronic Communications Specialist
University Relations, University of Minnesota
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