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Responsive Web Design 2.0

Responsive breakpoints for AngularJS applications - enables/disables functionality entirely instead of the traditional show/hide.

See demo:

Scale the window from phone over tablet to desktop size and see elements created and resources loaded dynamically.


Download and include module:

var app = angular.module('app', ['rwd20']);

Set up breakpoints matching your CSS:

app.config(['responsiveServiceProvider', function(responsiveServiceProvider) {
   responsiveServiceProvider.addBreakpoint('small',0, 600);
   responsiveServiceProvider.addBreakpoint('medium', 600, 960);
   responsiveServiceProvider.addBreakpoint('large', 960, 1600);
   responsiveServiceProvider.addBreakpoint('xlarge', 1600, 99999);

Assign the breakpoints to your DOM:

<section class="related-column" responsive-breakpoint="'large'">
	<!-- Element only initialized when 960 < window.innerWidth <= 1600 -->

For full effect, the responsive-breakpoint directive should be used in combination with others, see the code for the demo site for more detail.

What’s wrong with traditional RWD?

We use CSS and Media Queries to scale, move and show/hide elements, and visually it gets the job done. But all the elements are still active, taking their toll on bandwidth/performance whether or not they’re actually needed. This flawed (now you see me, now you don’t) perception of reality mimics that of an ostrich trying to hide itself by putting its head in the ground.

What do we want to achieve?

We want to be able to build truly responsive user interfaces, without letting content and functionality targeting a specific screen size, affect the performance of another - no matter how rich it is.

What do we need to do?

We need to lay down the basis for creating intelligent self-contained components. They will be aware of all their own prerequisites, which most likeliy will be any mix of styling, templating, data and behaviour - ie. CSS, HTML, JSON and JS.

In addition of doing traditional RWD of scaling and moving these components, they can be bound to specific breakpoints, defining on which screen sizes they are needed and which ones they're not. This is the key part in RWD2.0 as they will not linger and affect performance unless specifically a part of that user interface.

Client side logic

The client side logic is pretty straight forward, and is in the direction of proper Web Components, but without the need of encapsulation and cross domain sharing.

Basically for each component we need to define:

  • A JSON source (data)
  • Client side template and styling (HTML & CSS)
  • Functionality layer if needed (JS)
  • Configurable breakpoints (To match other RWD concepts in place)

AngularJS will give us almost all we need to contain these on a per element basis in a structured way.


Responsive breakpoints for AngularJS applications



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