Accessible RWD

This article first appeared in issue 239 of .net magazine – the world's best-selling magazine for web designers and developers.

Responsive web design (RWD) is becoming increasingly popular, which can have an impact on accessibility. If you aren’t familiar with RWD and terms like viewport, check out this .net article first.

People who need to increase the size of things on web pages can benefit from RWD as the site can resize to fit the browser viewport. I say ‘can’, because WebKit currently has a bug where media queries are not triggered by zoom. That means lovely RWD sites like get horizontal scroll bars and overlapping text when zooming on Safari and Chrome. I assume (and hope) this gets fixed soon.

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