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  • Content Adaptation - Posted by ronan - 06 Nov 2013
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    Open discussion with Mozilla on the use cases for UA strings

  • 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.
  • Responsive Design - Posted by ronan - 17 Oct 2013
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    Lightening your RWD website with RESS

  • 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.
  • HTML5 - Posted by ruadhan - 10 Oct 2013
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    HTML5 for the Mobile Web - Forms and Input Types

  • 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.
  • Accessibility - Posted by brysonmeunier - 12 Sep 2013
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    Eleven questions to better mobile SEO

  • 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.
  • HTML5 - Posted by ruadhan - 15 Aug 2013
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    HTML5 for the Mobile Web: Touch Events

  • 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.
  • Android - Posted by weimenglee - 07 Aug 2013
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    Developing with Google Maps v2 for Android

  • 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.
  • Content Adaptation - Posted by ruadhan - 26 Jul 2013
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    Tablet and mobile device detection in PHP

  • 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.
  • HTML5 - Posted by ruadhan - 10 Jul 2013
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    HTML5 for the Mobile Web: Device Orientation Events

  • In this third article in our series on HTML5 for the mobile web, we take a look at the Device Orientation API. This API provides information about the orientation and movement of a device. Information comes from the positional sensors such as compasses, gyroscopes and accelerometers. Via this API, a web app can access and make use of information about how a device is physically oriented in space. Use cases include game control based on device tilting, and mapping where a map is correctly aligned with the world based on the device orientation data.
  • iPhone - Posted by Sean McGrath - 04 Jul 2013
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    Beyond the bells and whistles: What does iOS7 mean for the development community?

  • The new iOS7 is causing quite a stir in the development and design communities. Some are hailing Apple's newest operating system as a well overdue renovation. Others are saying that Tim Cook and Jony Ives are insulting the clear vision of Steve Jobs, by disregarding function in favour of form. Whichever camp you are in, iOS7 is coming to a screen near you and while the beta still leaves a lot to be desired, any developer with an ounce of self-preservation would do well to get on board this iTrain.
  • HTML5 - Posted by ruadhan - 30 May 2013
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    HTML5 for the Mobile Web - a guide to the Geolocation API

  • In this second article in our series on HTML5 for mobile web (first part here), we cover the Geolocation API. For mobile users, location-based services are hugely compelling. Long the holy grail of mobile applications, and something of a missed opportunity for service providers, the addition of location-awareness to mobile apps has made for some very exciting use cases.