Responsive-content: This jQuery plugin lets you easily serve different HTML to different devices

Responsive-content: This jQuery plugin lets you easily serve different HTML to different devices

Forked from pjax (pushState + ajax), Responsive-content is a jQuery plugin created by developer Stephan Fowler that lets you serve different content to different devices.

As Fowler explains, Responsive-content goes hand in hand with common responsive design techniques, but acts on a different level. For example, CSS media queries make it easy to resize the width of DIVs, but load the same content inside that DIV no matter what device you’re using.

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This is where Responsive-content steps in, which “can be used subtly — for example to cause smaller images to be loaded on smaller devices — or to deliver radically different content to different screen widths or device capabilities.” Used hand-in-hand with media queries, this plugin lets you “dynamically replace the ‘content’ area of the page with HTML tailored to the requesting-device’s width or capabilities.” Of course, this is already possible using more complicated methods, but Responsive-content is easy to implement.

This plugin allows for the following:

1. Single URLs : a webpage should have an identical URL whatever device it is viewed on (though the page’s components may have device-contingent URLs.)

2. Cache Friendliness : since baseline caching arrangements use the URL of a document as its unique key, there should be no reliance on any other parameters; the approach must thus avoid User Agent detection or cookies.

3. Performance Orientation : devices with lower bandwidths should be the beneficiaries of all performance trade offs inherent in the approach.

You can learn more via the link below.

➀ Responsive-content (h/t: Paulo Oliveira)

Image credit: Creatas Images / Getty Images

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