Perhaps you've had occasion to visit our website on some device other than your desktop computer, such as your tablet or your phone, and noticed that it didn’t look quite like the website you’ve grown to know and love. You probably had to scroll horizontally to see all the content and maybe things didn’t align properly. This is a common problem on the web, and it’s going to become more common as smartphones and tablets become more prevalent. Indeed, experts are forecasting that the worldwide number of smartphone and tablet users should overtake the worldwide number of PC users in the next year or two.
We’ve recently redesigned the Galter Library website to address this reality. As of now our website should look and function correctly on any size display. In geek-speak this is called “Responsive Web Design.” What it means is that the site can detect characteristics of the device that is viewing it, particularly the width of the screen, and make adjustments accordingly. The result is a seamless, elegant transformation of the page as you reduce the size of your screen from full desktop to small phone or tablet size. As the screen gets smaller certain elements may transform into other configurations to accommodate the device. No special app is required and you don’t need to use a different URL for your mobile phone or tablet. Try it!