Much like Max Cohen, the tortured mathematician looking for order in chaos in the classic movie Pi, we all find ourselves constantly reevaluating our assumptions and thinking on the issues at the intersection of mobile and web. Which is how it ought to be. In such a fast moving environment, sticking one's head in the sand isn’t really an option. By the time you raise your head and take a look around, chances are you will be looking at a completely different landscape.
Yesterday, Mike Taylor from Mozilla kicked off a very interesting open discussion on the use cases for user agent (UA) strings on the modern web. The results of this document will ultimately end up on the Mozilla wiki.
This article will show you how to use a technique called RESS (Responsive design with Server Side components) to make significant performance and reach improvements to a website for both mobile and desktop alike. This technique requires just a few lines of code, some simple configuration and no ongoing maintenance. The site will change from one that works on desktops, tablets and smartphones to one that works on almost anything, anywhere and loads faster in all cases.
In this article we take a look at some of the new form enhancements available in HTML5, and look at how they contribute to an improved user experience for mobile forms. In particular we will see how forms can be enhanced with the additional input types offered by HTML5, and show what you can expect across various classes of mobile browser.
Earlier this year I resolved to share more actionable information on mobile SEO in my Search Engine Land column, so it was nice to be invited to do that here on mobiForge. Mobile SEO best practices are so 2008. These days mobile search matters more than ever, and it’s important not only to have general guidelines, but to have a process for optimizing your site for mobile searchers. Today I’m going to go through an actual site example and optimize it.
Mark Zuckerberg’s Internet.org initiative to bring the entire planet online launched last week to mixed response. Supported by major industry players including Samsung, Qualcomm, Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia and Opera Software, the initiative’s stated objective is to help those in less advantaged areas of the world get online and join the knowledge economy.
Zuckerberg points to some thought-provoking statistics on the current global state of world connectivity to make his point:
With the widespread adoption of touchscreen devices, HTML5 brings to the table, among many other things, a set of touch-based interaction events. Mouse-based events such as hover, mouse in, mouse out etc. aren’t able to adequately capture the range of interactions possible via touchscreen, so touch events are a welcome and necessary addition to the web developer's toolbox.
Use cases for the touch events API include gesture recognition, multi-touch, drag and drop, and any other touch-based interfaces.
In one of my previous articles, I talked about embedding Google Maps in Android applications. Much has changed as Google went about revamping a lot of existing APIs in Android. In version 1 of Google Maps for Android, Google used the MapView to display map data. In version 2, the MapView is deprecated; instead, you have to use a MapFragment.
There are various techniques for building mobile websites. Previously we wrote this article which covers some of these techniques, and which gives an overview to help developers to decide which approach to adopt.
Content Adaptation - Posted by ruadhan - 26 Jul 2013
Previously on mobiForge Ronan posted about a lightweight approach to device detection using regular expressions in PHP. Since this is still an approach widely adopted by many web developers today, we feel that it's about time we revisited the original article.