Fluid or adap­tive?

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Fluid, re­spon­sive or adap­tive? Any pref­er­ences or no-gos? Ben­jamin Chris­tine, Exeter, UK JG: Only Aaron Gustafson can talk about ‘adap­tive web de­sign’ with­out a fol­lowup ques­tion ask­ing him to de­fine the term – I’ve heard many def­i­ni­tions over the years. I of­ten use Liq­uidap­sive.com to show fluid, adap­tive and re­spon­sive de­sign ex­am­ples and make sure I’m talk­ing about the same things.

If those are the def­i­ni­tions you’re work­ing with, then I have a strong bias towards re­spon­sive web de­sign. It cov­ers the broad­est range of screens and helps ev­ery­one start to think about de­sign­ing for a con­tin­uum of screens. Some­thing de­signed re­spon­sively has a bet­ter chance of work­ing well with fu­ture de­vices that we can­not an­tic­i­pate.

Adap­tive de­sign There are many def­i­ni­tions for adap­tive de­sign. Aaron Gustafson out­lines one in this book

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