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    Hey guys, this is my first post here at so please spare me if this question is already asked.

    When I do responsive site, I generally use start with mobile first, then at certain breakpoint, using min-width, apply different style to utilize the screen estate. Only downside I can think of with this approach is IE<9 require additional CSS or JS to polyfill and even Google recommend using progressive enhancement approach

    However When I checked out this site (, I’m sure 99% of you guys have done it :D ), it uses @media max-width with em’s.

    So, my question is, what’s the advantage of using max-width with ems approach over min-width approach? only thing I can think of is to support browser that does not support media query (IE<9).

    PS. My wild guess is to add few extra size of css to avoid loading extra polyfill JS? But can’t avoid that with HTML comment or something like yepnope.js?


    this is how i usually do the stuff.
    if writing code for desktop first then i use max-width approach and if the code is written for mobile first i use min-width but i think it depends person to person what they prefer.

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