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Developing Mobile Websites

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Course duration

  • 2 Days

Course Outline

In this Developing Mobile Websites class, you will learn to use HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, and other tools to create websites that are responsive: sites that adapt their layout to the client device being used, whether it be a smartphone, tablet computer, or desktop computer/laptop. You will learn to use CSS media queries, mobile-friendly HTML5 features, JavaScript enhancements, and various frameworks to build websites that look as good on an iPhone or Android as they do on a desktop or laptop computer.

  • Learn how one website can respond to the specific needs of the environment on which it is being viewed, presenting a layout that is equally - and differently - appropriate for mobile, table, and desktop devices.
  • Learn to leverage the capabilities of HTML5 to present mobile-friendly sites, and understand the varying levels of support for some features among different devices.
  • Understand how to use CSS Media Queries to display content modified to fit the client device.
  • Understand the GeoLocation API and use it to integrate the user's location into websites.
  • Integrate video and other media appropriately for mobile devices.
  • Learn how to use the jQuery Mobile framework to add support for touch and other gestures.
  • Learn how to use the Foundation framework to abstract low-level responsive coding and to create grid-based layouts.
  • HTML 4
  • Basic CSS
  • Basic JavaScript
  • HTML5
  • CSS3
  • jQuery and other more advanced JavaScript topics
  1. Designing for Mobile
    1. Responsive Design: Good for All Devices
      1. Why It's Worth It?
      2. Building Responsive Sites
  2. Flexible Grids
    1. The Flexible Grid: A More Responsive Layout Strategy
      1. The Case for Flexible
      2. Case Study: The Jazz Calendar Site
      3. A First Complete Jazz Calendar Draft
      4. Making The Inflexible Flexible
      5. A Better Jazz Calendar
  3. Flexible Images and Other Media
    1. Flexible Images and Other Media
    2. Improving the Jazz Calendar Site
    3. Flexible Background Images
  4. Media Queries
    1. Media Queries
    2. Targeting Widths and Devices with CSS3 Media Queries
    3. Linearizing the Layout
    4. Using max-device-width
  5. The Viewport
    1. The Viewport
  6. HTML5: Mobile Specific
    1. New HTML5 Features
      1. Forms
      2. A Jazz Calendar Registration Form
      3. Local Storage
      4. Local Storage Example
  7. GeoLocation API
    1. The GeoLocation API
      1. How it Works
      2. Browser and Device Support
      3. JavaScript Implementation
      4. A Simple Example
      5. Google Maps
      6. Jazz Calendar: Finding Nearby Gigs
  8. Consolidating the Web with Native Extensions
    1. Consolidating the Web with Native Extensions
      1. Integrating with the Home Screen
      2. Other Devices
      3. A Homescreen Icon for the Jazz Calendar Site
      4. Hiding Browser UI
      5. Using the Accelerometer
      6. Accessing Camera, Contacts, Calendar, and More - But Not Yet
      7. PhoneGap
  9. Video
    1. Optimizing the Video Experience for Mobile
      1. Optimizing for Mobile
      2. Embedding from YouTube or Vimeo
      3. Hosting Your Own Videos
      4. Video Formats
      5. Controlling the Video through JavaScript
      6. Converting Video Formats
      7. Further Reading
  10. jQuery Mobile
    1. jQuery Mobile
      1. Mobile Focus
      2. Supported Platforms
      3. The Basics
      4. A First Example
      5. Drag-and-Drop Code Builder
      6. Gestures
      7. Swiping to Change Pages
      8. Using data Attributes
      9. Handling Orientation Change
      10. What About Desktops?
  11. Framework: Foundation
    1. Foundation: A Responsive Grid Framework
      1. A First Look at Foundation
      2. A Foundation Layout for Jazz Calendar

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