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This is the monthly archive for February 2012.

Q4 2011 mobile browser stats for 12 countries 1/2

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It’s time for the quarterly mobile browser statistics from 12 selected countries according to StatCounter.

This post treats the first six countries; the second six will appear next week. Your donation for keeping this series up and running would be much appreciated.

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Longish interview on 5by5

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What I keep forgetting to mention: I’ve been interviewed by Jen Simmons of 5by5, and it was a quite nice talk.

The interview is here, and I talk a lot about mobile, the mobile web, mobile vendors, the problems of Android and Windows Phone, and lots of other topics. The entire interview is 1:28 because I just didn’t stop talking and Jen was too polite to interrupt.

Anyway, enjoy.

Mobilism announces Heiko Behrens

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On 10th and 11th of May the second edition of Mobilism will take place in Amsterdam. Like last year, it will concentrate on all aspects of the mobile web.

For this edition we’re happy to welcome Heiko Behrens, a programmer and author for over ten years now focusing on mobile. He will share his thoughts on mobile frameworks and how to get the best results out of them.

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Vendor prefix practicalities

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I’ve been going through my CSS tests last week, and thought I’d jot down some notes on how the browser treat vendor prefixes. It’ll bring some much-needed practicality into the discussion.

This does not prove that vendor prefixes are either good or bad. It’s just one more data point to consider.

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CSS Compatibility Tables updated

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Yesterday and today I worked on the CSS Compatibility Tables and retested everything in the latest crop of browsers. There is some improvement, but also a lot of stagnation.

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Browser stats for January

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It’s time for the browser stats for January; as always according to StatCounter.

Your donation for keeping this series up and running would be much appreciated.

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Mobilism announces workshops

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On 10th and 11th of May the second edition of Mobilism will take place in Amsterdam. Like last year, it will concentrate on all aspects of the mobile web.

On Wednesday 9th of May, the day before the conference, we have organised two mobile web workshops:

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The iPhone monoculture

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This is getting frustrating.

The official CSS WG blog:

Discussed problem of WebKit monopoly on mobile and the consequent pressure for other engines to implement -webkit- properties.

Zeldman:

Webkit monoculture: threat or menace?

Guys, stop it. This is simplistic us vs. them thinking. It’s not helpful.

Now if you would say there’s an iPhone monoculture among web developers, you’d be right. But whose fault is that?

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Mobilism announces Remy Sharp

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On 10th and 11th of May the second edition of Mobilism will take place in Amsterdam. Like last year, it will concentrate on all aspects of the mobile web. For an idea what we’re going to do, see last year’s coverage, or watch my session.

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BlackBerry DevCon slides

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Belatedly, and snowed under by other news, here are my BlackBerry DevCon slides of Wednesday. Once more the Future of the Mobile Web, but I think it was the best Future session I gave so far. And I use new cat and fisherman pics.

More in general, the conference was excellent; much, much better than I thought. There was ample web content sprinkled through a solid core of BlackBerry-centric sessions, but even part of the BB sessions were in fact about web technologies and related topics.

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-alpha- and -beta-

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My article yesterday about the vendor prefix mess garnered quite a few interesting comments, and today I’d like to respond to those that object against my proposal to replace the current system by a universal -beta- prefix by proposing an additional -alpha- prefix.

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The vendor prefix mess

Permalink | in Mobile, Standards/W3C

This is one of those weeks where everything happens simultaneously. I think that the vendor prefix discussion is the most important topic, so that’s what will get my attention.

Daniel Glazman, co-chair of the CSS WG, posted a call for action that warned of the dire consequences of web developers using only -webkit-prefixed CSS declarations: IE, Mozilla and Opera would also implement -webkit-.

I will argue that the proposed solution of making web developers aware of the problem may be technically and ideologically correct, but does not address the true causes of the problem: the developer-hostility of vendor prefixes, and the lack of mobile test devices.

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QuirksMode.org reader survey, part II

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In December I held a QuirksMode reader survey on Urtak. It had 69 questions, and about 59,000 answers were given by about 1,100 respondents. A few weeks back I published part 1 of my survey. Here’s the next few findings.

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