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.
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