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Sara Hurley <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 4 Nov 2011 10:39:07 -0500
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I'd love to

Sara Hurley
Instructional Designer
University of Minnesota School of Public Health

(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