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3 Keys in Web Design for Tablet

The introduction of smart phones and tablet PCs means that connectivity to the Internet is no longer restricted at desktop computers. Considering a tablet web design is now a necessity especially if your site offers something more than just static information. If you are considering optimizing your site for touch-based devices, there are several reminders you need to keep in mind.

1. Keep the Finger in Mind

The biggest selling point in touch-based devices is that you can now activate programs and surf the internet with the touch of the tip of a finger. However, it fails to imitate the precision of a mouse or a track pad. 

For this reason alone, it is best to consider a touch-based counterpart for your website that will allow for precise control for people with touch screen devices. It is also best not to force the users to use an app for your site as this can be intimidating for some individuals. 

You would also have to consider the size of your site when it comes to smaller devices. Everything must be big enough to accommodate any finger but not too large that they don’t fit the screen when viewed in small gadgets.

2. Stick with the Standards

The best way to accommodate a wide range of platforms in your site is to stick with standard HTML and CSS codes.  A tablet web design that requires a browser plug-in or additional applications is considered time consuming on the part of the users. 

For instance, Flash is a bit of a hassle in touch-based devices, taking up way too much space and affecting the device’s performance.  Fortunately, HTML5 contains several features that will be very compatible with tablet PCs and other handheld devices.

3. Accommodate Multiple Orientations

One key feature in tablets is that one could easily switch its orientation. Specifically, the layout always stays upright even if you turn the tablet upside down.

However, multiple orientations have long been considered a headache for web designers as it distorts the layout. For instance, everything can be perfectly laid out in the portrait orientation but can be messed up once the user switches to the landscape orientation. 

As with accommodating multiple resolutions in the PC, your tablet web design should be able to accommodate both the portrait and landscape orientations found in touch-based devices. Always make sure that every bit of information in your site will be properly presented regardless of what platform is used to view it.

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