[theme-reviewers] Theme requirements for adaptive vs. responsive themes

Ulrich Pogson grapplerulrich at gmail.com
Sun Aug 25 21:27:43 UTC 2013

I think this is a good idea for a plugin. This would fix your problem.

On 25 August 2013 23:02, Bruce Wampler <weavertheme at gmail.com> wrote:

> I don't think it is possible for a theme to decide using CSS only whether
> or not to include specific content to be downloaded to the  browser. It can
> decide whether or not to display the content, agreed. I brought this up
> because of a user who had this exact problem. The site in question had some
> large images to display - and the user wanted to display them by default on
> desktop sites. But on mobile, where even a 100K image could significantly
> impact site load time on a phone, the user wanted to prevent downloading
> the large image completely, and display alternate content on the phone.
> The latest info I was able to find says only Opera Mobile will use
> display:none; to prevent the actual image from downloading, so CSS is not a
> solution to this issue. CSS does a lot, but not everything.
> And while you can likely use CSS only for adaptive mobile design, my take
> on it is that most adaptive sites use user agents to detect mobile devices.
> And I will always contend that there is a very large percentage of
> WordPress site builders who are totally capable of making their own
> decisions to use whatever options they want to build a site that works how
> they want - even to the level of understanding what adaptive rendering is,
> and a desire to optimize the mobile user experience by reducing load time
> on phone with a slow connection. Maybe you all have state of the art 4G
> phones and service, but there are plenty of people still with 2G and other
> slow connections, and load speed is still important.
> As a theme designer, I'm just not smart enough to know when to generate or
> not generate an <img> (or song, or video, or...) for a mobile device, and
> exactly what alternative to provide. As a site designer, I would know that
> much more exactly, and would like my theme to allow me that ability.
> On Sun, Aug 25, 2013 at 1:59 PM, Chip Bennett <chip at chipbennett.net>wrote:
>> I don't think there's anything that *has* to be left up to a shortcode,
>> even for adaptive design. The developer should make those decisions, based
>> on the supported screen sizes - i.e. decisions, not options.  Making those
>> decisions has nothing to do with a Theme creating or modifying content;
>> rather, those decisions merely impact the *presentation* of that
>> content. The implementation of those decisions can be handled in a manner
>> that is 100% consistent with maintaining the presentation-vs-functionality
>> segregation.
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