Responsive Web Design Guidelines for IEEE Sites
Once the decision has been made to retrofit an existing site to be responsive, carefully consider the content being presented on the page, especially any content that is not the primary point of the page. Often, page content is surrounded by auxiliary content. Ask yourself whether a content block should be hidden? Visitors will expect a fully functioning website where they can access all of the content they could on desktop/laptop version. Consider three possible ways of dealing with content:
- Content is moved: Auxiliary content is moved above or below the main content using responsive layout.
- Content is hidden: Do you need to display all of the sidebars, ads, or various auxiliary content immediately? Consider the value of displaying the content, or whether the content should be better hidden initially and then shown through user action.
- Content is removed: Although generally frowned upon, there are cases where content for larger screen simply does not make sense and should simply be removed. One common example is for printing web pages, where navigation does not need to be shown.