RESS – Responsive Webdesign and Server Side Components

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Use a mixture of user agent detection and browser feature detection or a device detection library to enhance your responsive website.


  • RESS RWD and Server Side Components Sven Wolfermann | maddesigns
  • Sven Wolfermann (36) Freelancer for modern web development (HTML5, CSS3, jQuery) from Berlin CSS3 Adventskalender 2010/2011 wrotes articles and post for T3N-, PHP- and Webstandards-Magazin (new: mobile Geek Twitter: @maddesigns Web: /
  • www vs. m. desktop vs mobile /
  • desktop vs. mobile dividing pages large site (feature rich) vs. small size (performant) /
  • desktop vs tablet vs mobile dividing more pages? large site vs. tablet vs. small size vs. car vs. fridge vs. watch vs. /
  • Responsive Web Design A List Apart article by Ethan Marcotte /
  • A List Apart is responsive too now
  • Responsive Web Design Flexible grids, based on percentage units Variable image and video sizes images fit into grid CSS3 media queries image source: /
  • RWD solves many things one URL, one code base, one deployment all contents available (if not hidden) Future friendly /
  • 85.4MB page weight 471 HTTP requests 2 minutes 45 seconds until loading screen replaced with content 4 minutes 10 seconds until onLoad event
  • 85.4MB, 471 HTTP requests! THIS IS NOT RWD! Oakley's monster page of baubles /
  • fail ok, ok, Oakley does it better now: JUST 14.2MB, 291 request (more than 70MB less) with mobile user-agent? 6.7MB, 114 requests :/ Oakley's Moto diet /
  • RWD has some issues site tend to be too large for mobile some content is hard to adapt: images, tables, ads, ... IE8 doesn't understand RWD (basically) /
  • Guy Podjarny's RWD performance tests sites have nearly same weight on mobile as on desktop Real World RWD Performance Take 2 /
  • RWD is more Beyond Squishy: The Principles of Adaptive Design
  • Performance Reduce image payload (the biggest effect) Reduce JavaScript and CSS payload Further optimize based on feature detection Lightening Your Responsive Website Design With RESS /
  • Browser Feature Detection /
  • Testing browser features with Vanilla JS Cutting the mustard if('querySelector' in document && 'localStorage' in window && 'addEventListener' in window) { // bootstrap the javascript application } if browser supports 'querySelector', 'localStorage' and 'addEventListener' do hot stuff BBC Responsive News Cutting the mustard /
  • Modernizr Client side feature detection Modernizr is a JavaScript library that detects HTML5 & CSS3 features in the user's browser. /
  • Modernizr throw in Modernizr features test: geolocation Modernizr.geolocation // true or false if (Modernizr.geolocation) { navigator.geolocation.getCurrentPosition(show_map); } else { // no native support; maybe try a fallback? } /
  • Modernizr Modernizr can load different files based on tests Modernizr.load({ test: Modernizr.geolocation, yep : 'geo.js', nope: 'geo-polyfill.js' }); Modernizr.load is not part of the "development" version Modernizr adds classes to /
  • Modernizr Another Sample: datepicker load jQuery datepicker library for browsers that don't have native datepickers /
  • Conditional loading /
  • Conditional loading
  • Conditional loading
  • Conditional loading window.matchMedia Returns a new MediaQueryList object representing the parsed results of the specified media query string. if (window.matchMedia("(min-width: 40em)").matches) { /* load secondary stuff */ } matchMedia Polyfill Modernizr.load and Picturefill uses matchMedia for example MDN Window.matchMedia /
  • Conditional loading Modernizr.load Modernizr loads scripts and CSS based on media queries Modernizr.load([ { test:"only screen and (min-width: 1051px)"), yep: '/js/large.js' }, { test:"only screen and (min-width: 600px) and (max-width: 1050px)"), yep: '/js/medium.js' }, { test:"only screen and (min-width: 320px) and (max-width: 599px)"), yep: '/js/small.js' } ]); you can use EM in media queries too ;) /
  • Conditional loading pairing CSS & JS holding CSS and JavaScript Breakpoints in sync body:after { content: 'small'; display: none; } @media (min-width: 650px) { body:after { content: 'middle'; } } @media (min-width: 1200px) { body:after { content: 'large'; } } /
  • Conditional loading pairing CSS & JS holding CSS and JavaScript Breakpoints in sync var size = window.getComputedStyle(document.body,':after') .getPropertyValue('content'); if (size == 'large') { // Load some more content. } Conditional CSS /
  • Conditional loading Ajax-include pattern Replace: Latest Articles Before: Latest Articles After: Latest Articles init with jQuery: $("[data-replace],[data-before],[data-after]").ajaxInclude(); An Ajax-Include Pattern for Modular Content /
  • Browser-Sniffing
  • Browser-Sniffing remember the old days? Not? You lucky guy! UA-string history Browser-Sniffing went wrong /
  • Browser-Sniffing is hard and unreliable For example, Safari user agent string on an iOS7 iPhone: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 7_0 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/546.10 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/6.0 Mobile/7E18WD Safari/8536.25 often browsers aims other browsers detecting the "right" user agent is complicated Parsing UA string is not a regex job UA-Detection libraries /
  • What?! UA-Sniffing is wild guessing
  • This is NOT a "mobile" detection! if((navigator.userAgent.match(/iPhone/i)) || (navigator.userAgent.match(/iPod/i))) { if (document.cookie.indexOf("mobile_redirect=false") == -1) { window.location = ""; } } more like this // Check if UA is mobile (from if(/(android|bbd+|meego).+mobile|avantgo|bada/|blackberry |blazer|compal|elaine|fennec|hiptop|iemobile|ip(hone|od)|iris |kindle|lge |maemo|midp|mmp|netfront|opera m(ob|in)i|palm( os)? |phone|p(ixi|re)/|plucker|pocket|psp|series(4|6)0|symbian |treo|up.(browser|link)|vodafone|wap|windows (ce|phone) |xda|xiino/i.test(agent) { isUAMobile = true; } /
  • Device Detection /
  • Device Detection Libraries WURFL (Java/.NET/PHP) free * Scientiamobile (Java/.NET/PHP) commercial * Device Atlas (Java/.NET/PHP) commercial Netbiscuits' Device Library commercial 51degrees (.NET, C, Java, PHP) free limited / commercial Open DDR (Java/.net) Open Source Mobile Detect (PHP) Open Source * / free with restricted license
  • Device Detection Libraries Problems updates are slow not reliable /
  • Client meets server /
  • Client meets Server set browser width cookie with JS RESS = {}; RESS.writeCookie = function (name, value) { //cookie code } //Store width in a cookie RESS.storeSizes = function () { //Get screen width var width = window.innerWidth; // Set a cookie with the client side capabilities. RESS.writeCookie("RESS", "width." + width); } RESS.storeSizes(); /
  • Client meets Server use cookie info in code Setting a file path based on window.innerWidth /
  • Client meets Server use cookie info in code /
  • Modernizr Server Client features for the server The server knows: canvas: 1 geolocation: 1 crosswindowmessaging: 1 indexeddb: 0 hashchange: 1 ... /
  • RESS Responsive Web Design + Server Side Components /
  • RESS /
  • In a nutshell, RESS combines adaptive layouts with server side component (not full page) optimization. So a single set of page templates dene an entire Web site for all devices but key components within that site have device-class specic implementations that are rendered server side. Luke Wroblewski @lukew /
  • Sapient Nitro about RESS /
  • Advantages of RESS Easier to navigate: The navigation structure can be customized for the different tasks. Less page bloat: Instead of relying on display: none; or visibility: hidden; to hide page elements for mobile devices, removed from the HTML or CSS. Faster load time: Unnecessary CSS/JavaScript can be removed from the HTML /
  • Disadvantages of RESS More server resources: Dynamically building the HTML will increase the load on the server. Caching: A need for a better caching mechanism Requires device detection: Mobile users will need to be detected. Device detection is unreliable. /
  • RESS in the wild? -> Adaptive Images /
  • Adaptive Images /
  • Adaptive Images Add .htaccess and adaptive-images.php to your document-root folder. Add one line of JavaScript into the of your site. Add your CSS Media Query values into $resolutions in the PHP file. /
  • Adaptive Images 1. The HTML starts to load in the browser and a snippet of JS in the writes a session cookie, storing the visitor's screen size in pixels. 2. The browser then encounters an tag and sends a request to the server for that image. It also sends the cookie, because thats how browsers work. 3. Apache receives the request for the image and immediately has a look in the website's .htaccess file, to see if there are any special instructions for serving files. 4. There are! The .htaccess says "Dear server, any request you get for a JPG, GIF, or PNG file please send to the adaptive-images.php file instead." /
  • Adaptive Images 5. The PHP file looks for a cookie and finds that the user has a maximum screen size of 480px. 6. It compares the cookie value with all $resolution sizes that were configured, and decides which matches best. In this case, an image maxing out at 480px wide. 7. It then has a look inside the /ai-cache/480/ folder to see if a rescaled image already exists. 8. We'll pretend it doesnt - the PHP then goes to the actual requested URI to find the original file. 9. It checks the image width. If that's smaller than the user's screen width it sends the image. 10. If it's larger, the PHP creates a down-scaled copy and saves that into the /ai-cache/480/ folder ready for the next time it's needed, and sends it to the user. /
  • Responsive Images a topic for itself Responsive Images [german] /
  • Detector /
  • Detector (PHP RESS library) combines UA-parsing and feature testing includes User Agent parser record any useful information (like OS or device name) includes Modernizr Server no need for commercial device detection libraries add your own feature tests and store the results using Modernizr's addTest() API /
  • Detector 1. HTTP request hits server 2. Detector compares User-Agent with database 3. if known, classify device and get back content 4. if not, Modernizr makes feature detection, stores cookie 5. reloads site, gives back specified content 6. stores UA-String/features combination for later use How Detector works /
  • Detector device families The default install of Detector will categorize browsers into one of three families. // families.json { "tablet": { "isTablet": true }, "mobile-advanced": { "isMobile": true, "features": ["cssanimations","localstorage","deviceorientation"] }, "mobile-basic": { "isMobile": true }, "desktop": { "isComputer": true } } /
  • Detector sample switch ads, basic sample if ($ua->family == 'mobile-basic') { include "/ads/simple.php"; } elseif ($ua->family == 'mobile-advanced') { include "/ads/responsive-ads.php";...