RESS (Responsive Web Design with Server Side Components) is an approach to Responsive Design that takes a step building sites a step past the original 3 simple ingredients of Fluid Grids, Fluid Images and Media Query’s.
Luke Wrobleski was one of the first to coin the phrase and speak about the approach, and wrote an overview article along with some great additional reading. Below is an excerpt from his article and the resources provided.
Lukes Recommended Reading
- Getting Started with RESS Tutorial — This tutorial will teach you the basics of RESS and how you can build a responsive page that works well on small screens with the help of server side technologies.
- RESS: An Evolution of Responsive Web Design — How both front-end and server-side developers can take advantage of the new technique called RESS that aims to be combine the best of both worlds for delivering mobile-optimized content.
- Which One: Responsive Design, Device Experiences, or RESS? — A concise overview of three different multi-device Web design techniques (including RESS) and explanation of the benefits of each.
- A Case for RESS — A concise example of the benefits of RESS on the new Notre Dame Web site.
- The Innovation Behind Notre Dame’s Homepage — A behind the scenes look at the Notre Dame University redesign which uses RESS to deploy content that is appropriate to each device.
- A Responsive Experience Begins on the Server… — Server-side detection alone will not give you the full picture, and only doing adaptation client-side robs you of the opportunity to perform really useful server-side optimizations. The best approach is a blend of the two using RESS.