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  • Browsers - Posted by ruadhan - 13 Apr 2015
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    Webviews and User-Agent strings

  • Much is made of the comparative times spent browsing the web vs engaging with native apps in the apps vs web debate. An often overlooked part of the discussion is that when engaged with a native app some portion of this time is spent actually on the web, via a webview. We'll get to what a webview is in a minute, but for now, what this means is that although the user is in an app, he or she is effectively browsing the web.
  • HTML5 - Posted by ruadhan - 24 Mar 2015
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    Who wants the Pointer Events API? Everyone, nearly

  • The Pointer Events API is an HTML5 API with an interesting history. It's an open API that Microsoft developed as an alternative to the more widely supported Touch Events API. Introduced with IE10 for Windows 8, it defined input events unified across Mouse, Touch and Pen input devices.
  • Browsers - Posted by ruadhan - 19 Jan 2015
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    Standards and browser compatibility

  • Browser compatibility is hard. Especially on mobile. If you thought things were difficult 10 years ago when there were only a handful of browsers to contend with, then thinking about the situation for mobile may make you dizzy or depressed. For now we live in a world of tens of thousands of devices of wildly variable shapes and sizes and capabilities. And we have to make the web work on all of them.
  • Browsers - Posted by mclancy - 22 Oct 2014
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    Detecting Language Preference from the Browser with Accept Header

  • Some time ago I was on a trip to Germany for the Smashing Mag event. Several websites I visited (including the world’s largest search engine) asked me to confirm my language preferences based on my current physical location. This struck me as a rather inefficient approach to setting language preferences. Especially given the language of the browser is readily available to web publishers as part of the HTTP request.
  • Browsers - Posted by ruadhan - 12 Aug 2014
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    Mobile-friendliness 101: Adding click-to-call links to a website

  • Creating a site that works well across all devices can be a daunting task. However, there are some simple things that you can do that can have a big impact on a site's usability. Click-to-call is one such feature: it's simple, effective, and very easy to implement.
  • HTML5 - Posted by ruadhan - 16 May 2013
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    HTML5 for the Mobile Web - Part I: Introduction

  • There has been much interest lately around HTML5 and its readiness for production environments and whether HTML5 apps should be used over native apps. This has been due, in large part, to the high-profile defections of tech behemoths such as Facebook and LinkedIn away from HTML5 to native apps for their core mobile services.
  • Browsers - Posted by mark.anderson - 18 Feb 2015
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    Getting Ready For HTTP 2.0

  • HTTP is the underlying mechanism that runs the web. It is the language spoken by browsers and web servers to communicate, download webpage elements and upload user data. The version we currently use is 1.1, a specification that is now almost 15 years old.
  • Browsers - Posted by ruadhan - 04 Feb 2015
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    Spartan and Vivaldi: The new kids on the browser block

  • It's a good time in browserland, with two new browsers set to enter the field in 2015. Microsoft is offering Project Spartan, powered by a new rendering engine, EdgeHTML.dll, while ex-Opera CEO Jon von Tetzchner's new start-up is offering Vivaldi, which uses the Blink rendering engine. Browser diversity is alive and kicking, it seems, and that can only be a good thing.
  • HTML5 - Posted by Staff - 04 Apr 2013
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    Why HTML5 still presents some problems on mobile

  • One of the debates of 2013 centres on which approach you should adopt to deliver a great user experience, while keeping costs at an acceptable level. This question often gets parsed as “HTML5 or native applications?” or “HTML or mobile site builders” or even something else entirely. But with all the vaunted promise of HTML5, just what does that ‘5’ mean when it comes to real world deployments?
  • Browsers - Posted by casaise - 06 Mar 2013
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    Developing custom pictograms for the mobile Web

  • A matter of trade-offs Pictograms – miniature graphical representations of states, actions and objects – made their way into the mobile Web over 15 years ago. Several normalized (UNICODE, WAP) and proprietary (Japanese emojis, Openwave) mechanisms are in place to enrich Web applications with pre-defined images.
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