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Late last year I dived into responsive web design while working on a major website upgrade. I quickly came to the conclusion that there must be an easier way to do RWD than using media queries. Sorry Ethan, there is an easier way.

I solved the problem with 12 lines of pure JavaScript (no jQuery!) and a couple of small JavaScript helper functions. Using JavaScript, CSS tables and a simple grid layout I now have a versatile solution that avoids code bloat.

I call the solution jRWD. It is available on GitHub ( It works on all modern browsers and mobile devices. To see jRWD in action please visit or and check out the source code. You might be surprised at jRWD’s simplicity!