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Jon Arne is a mobile guy. He has been an active member and thought leader in the global mobile community since the late nineties. Jon Arne is a developer by trade, and truly believe that the key to success is a happy end user, and that innovative use of technology will help achieve that truly optimal user experience. Coding now is just done for recreation as he is now heading the Innovation team at ScientiaMobile. Jon Arne is also an occasional writer, blogger and speaker. Tweets as @jonarnes.

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Leaner Responsive Images With Client Hints

Responsive images have been around long enough for most of us to have taken them for a spin, or at least to have learned from the experiences of those who have. Beyond doubt, the responsive images specification is a great win for the web. However, quite a few reports from the front lines suggest that responsive images can become pretty ugly.

Responsive Images

The good news is that there is a fix! No, not throwing JavaScript at the challenge, but by asking the web server for a helping hand. Enter Client Hints, an initiative spearheaded by Google that is already available in browsers (Chrome and Opera) and that is super-simple to use. Let’s see how Client Hints can reduce both image size and verbosity of the responsive images markup.

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Case Study Improve Mobile Support With Server-Side-Enhanced Responsive Design

In many ways, responsive Web design deserves a big share of the honor for making the Web more usable on non-desktop devices. This trend of letting the browser determine more about how a Web page should be displayed makes sense, especially now that mobile browsers are slightly more trustworthy than in the old days of mobile.

Improve Mobile Support With Server-Side-Enhanced Responsive Design

However, a responsive website is not automatically a mobile-friendly website. Amid the buzz of trendy Web development techniques, the good ol’ Web server doesn’t get the spotlight it deserves. Modern Web development should be about finding the right balance between server-side and client-side implementation.

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