Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the main difference between responsive and Chameleon?
A: The main difference between the two is in the level of sophistication applied in providing different designs for the range of devices. Both systems require alternative styles to be available for smaller screens. Responsive delivers new style information based on screen resolution alone, whereas Chameleon recognises different devices and delivers both style and content based on the preferences for that device.
Q: Does Chameleon automatically convert my PC site for mobile display?
A: Not fully, as each site is unique in design and content terms, there will always be some style conversion needed. There are a number of parameters that Chameleon automatically takes care of, including setting the screen size (viewport) to suit the device, hiding the URL address bar on mobiles for optimum display, and correcting the default font size for a consistent, readable experience across a range of devices.
Q: Can Chameleon help me with the process of creating mobile styles?
A: Yes, in as much as we provide both hints and tips for quick, effective design conversion, as well as offering freelance support services for web projects that need a mobile solution. We work with design & development teams behind the scenes to deliver mobile-friendly results.
Q: Does Chameleon give me more control over the way devices display content compared to Responsive?
A: Yes, Chameleon directs devices to their design rules based on device recognition not just screen size, and we are able to apply more detail into the instructions for each device. These are more than just css style rules, they can also contain scripts for the specific device to use. Examples include setting the viewport for that device, the amount of user scaling, whether to hide the URL address bar, and orientation settings in the case of Apple iPad and iPhone products.
Q: What about the problem I have in controlling iPads to behave between portrait and landscape – can Chameleon help?
A: Absolutely. Responsive design struggles with the fact that iPads and iPhones don’t report back a change in their screen width when flipped between portrait and landscape. The effect is that the design stays the same, but just zooms in and out. Chameleon automatically picks up on the fact that the iPad does report back the change in orientation, and we use this to deliver appropriate designs for both portrait and landscape use.
Updated 25th November 2013