The delaware.gov portal has been re-engineered as a fully responsive site, to make it easier for visitors to use the site and the large volume of information it serves on all web-browsing devices. The portal has also been tuned to make it faster-loading and “lighter” in your browser.
Responsive web design is a new approach to designing web sites which recognizes that a rapidly growing portion of the web-surfing public is using mobile devices — smartphones and tablets — to access content. Responsive sites are designed to adjust to meet the various screen sizes of different devices, from large desktop screens to handheld smartphone screens.
Until now, the Government Information Center maintained a separate, very limited selection of portal content at mobile.delaware.gov. With responsive design, that site is no longer needed; state portal content is published once in a portal that automatically adjusts to match the devices, and screen sizes, used by all visitors.
The new responsive design has been implemented on the delaware.gov portal and on the portal topics pages that provide links to a broad range of state resources. Several other sites within the state system, notably Governor Markell’s web site, have also moved to the new, responsive architecture.
Responsive web design, and the architecture implemented in the new version of the delaware.gov portal, form the basis for a new statewide Common Look and Feel standard and Web Content Guidelines recently approved by the state’s IT agency. Over the rest of 2013, the new Common Look and Feel will be adopted by the rest of the web pages that follow the state’s main IT standards.