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Date: Apr 2012

Part 1 of a 3 Part Series on Structured Content

Answer: In a nutshell, it makes our lives easier. 

Separating content from presentation allows organizations to leverage or share that content among multiple channels. Whether that is web, mobile, or social channels this eliminates the need to rewrite or manually cut and paste content from one place to another which makes the content much more versatile and reusable. And recycling is all the rage now, right? In the past we've observed that content authors have struggled with the burden of not only maintaining fresh and attractive content on websites, but also with how and where to display that content on the site. To lessen this burden, we've taken our "template" approach a step further with Structured content. Content authors will now enter web content in a series of form-based fields complete with descriptive tool tips for each piece of content.

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It's obvious, well at least to me, that the future of the web is headed towards responsive web design. One major piece of technology needed for responsive web design to function is CSS media queries. The ability to specify a stylesheet to be used in a specific media type was introduced in CSS2. In CSS3, media queries were introduced to extend that functionality, allowing for conditions such as minimum screen width and minimum screen height. Media queries make possible the adaptive layouts used in responsive web design.

Before responsive web design, fluid layouts were used to accommodate different screen sizes by sizing elements using percentages; however, this did not allow for rearranging of items on a webpage. Media queries allow us to change the layout of a page depending upon the size and resolution of the screen on which the web page is being viewed....Read More

Apr 2012