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This is the monthly archive for October 2013.

Local mobile browser markets: Netherlands

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It’s instructive to take a good look at some local mobile browser market stats, as always by StatCounter. Today we treat the Netherlands.

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Viewport research addendum: height and @viewport

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Here’s an update to my recent viewport research about the height directive and the @viewport alternative syntax.

Summary: height doesn’t work. @viewport works only on Opera Presto, with the proper vendor prefix, which basically amounts to “doesn’t work.”

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Local mobile browser markets: US

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It’s instructive to take a good look at some local mobile browser market stats, as always by StatCounter. Today we treat the US.

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Local mobile browser markets: UK

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It’s instructive to take a good look at some local mobile browser market stats, as always by StatCounter. Today we treat the UK.

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Local mobile browser markets: South Korea

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It’s instructive to take a good look at some local mobile browser market stats, as always by StatCounter. Today we treat South Korea.

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Local mobile browser markets: Indonesia

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It’s instructive to take a good look at some local mobile browser market stats, as always by StatCounter. Today we treat Indonesia.

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Local mobile browser markets: India

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It’s instructive to take a good look at some local mobile browser market stats, as always by StatCounter. Today we treat India.

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Local mobile browser markets: Nigeria

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It’s instructive to take a good look at some local mobile browser market stats, as always by StatCounter. Today we treat Nigeria.

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Preliminary meta viewport research

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Just now I released my preliminary meta viewport research that studies the various permutations of the <meta name="viewport"> tag.

It’s preliminary because I tested it in only eight browsers instead of the customary 40, I did not yet test the @viewport CSS rule, and I’ll probably need some extra tests to cover edge cases. Still, I now have a pretty good overview of where we stand with regard to the meta viewport.

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More about scaling in iOS

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Turns out Tuesday’s post was not so much wrong as incomplete. I was tripped up by what’s probably the most complicated feature (or bug) in the meta viewport space, and my conclusions weren’t entirely correct.

Also see this post for the full research.

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initial-scale=1 makes Safari iOS react to orientation change

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One common problem on iOS is that, when you use a meta viewport tag with width=device-width, the page doesn’t react to an orientation change. On the iPhone the page becomes 320px wide and on the iPad 768px, regardless of whether you’re in portrait or in landscape mode. Sometimes this is annoying.

Today I found a solution: use initial-scale=1 instead of width=device-width. Although I’m not the first one to discover this (see, for instance, this article in French) it doesn’t seem that this solution is well-known.

See this post for an update, and this post for the full research.

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A brilliant Sony idea; new tests

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Recently I updated the CSS Text and CSS Selectors tables to my latest mobile browser test array. I found a new Android bug and a moment of sheer brilliance at Sony.

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Q3 browser stats

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It’s time for the quarterly browser stats according to StatCounter. Also, I present a comparison between StatCounter’s numbers and Akamai’s.

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