Adaptive web design

Adaptive Web Design is another term for progressive enhancement of a web site.

Adaptive Web Design also encompasses a range of other strategies which can be combined with responsive web design.[1]

The term was first coined by Aaron Gustafson in his book "Adaptive Web Design: Crafting Rich Experiences with Progressive Enhancement" in May 2011.[1] It is a high level design philosophy that can be achieved through a variety of execution tactics including server side user agent detection, or client side responsive web design.


  1. 1 2 Gustafson, Aaron. Adaptive Web Design: Crafting Rich Experiences with Progressive Enhancement. Easy Readers, LLC; 1st edition, 2011.
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