Ideas for the Mobility Strategy

Consider Responsive Web Design

Consider updating federal websites to incorporate responsive web design. It allows the arrangement of your content to change to fit the browser screen.

Imagine a seamless user experience across federal websites and across a wide range of platforms.

With responsive web design you get the same content on a laptop, a tablet, or a smartphone and it is displayed in a way that best suits the device you are using.

This would be a bold step that saves time and money by eliminating the need for a separate mobile version of a website and it would prevent a two-tiered user experience.

One note of caution: Does this affect the accessibility of the website (Section 508). In theory, it shouldn't but I don't know. This is uncharted territory for me.

For more information see:

You can see it in action - online news websites and the Obama campaign website have already implemented it:

Just resize the browser screen on your desktop or try opening the page on a mobile device. For example: A smartphone might have a one column display, a tablet might have a landscape or two column layout, your desktop may have a three or four column layout.


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    Just put a thing into mobile browsers that translate any page in realtime in the cloud -- see Google Mobile Optimizer,

    Whole lot less expensive.

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    There is a huge value with making existing and new websites compatible with various devices through Responsive Web Design. However, this requires more than just translating the pages using a tool. Consideration needs to be given as to what data should be presented and in what order. For example a user accessing a site from a smartphone is unlikely to complete a long and complex form that might be more prominently displayed if accessed from a pc. The type of information that will be relevant to a user on various devices should be considered during this process. A good example is