Blogs

This site contains two blogs. On this page you get a quick overview of them and their latest entries.

QuirksBlog

The QuirksBlog is my professional blog in which I write about web development and related topics, and occasionally about my personal life. I'm not really interested in keeping a personal blog, though, so the majority of the entries are about solidly techy stuff.

Mutation Observer notes

Permalink | in Coding techniques

My current project requires me to use Mutation Observers, and I couldn’t resist the temptation to do a little fundamental research. Overall they work fine, but there is one tricky bit when it comes to text changes. Also, I found two Edge bugs.

My current client asked me to keep track of DOM nodes that appear onmouseover — and my script should work in pretty much any site. So we have add some information to DOM nodes that appear onmouseover, which will allow a later script to figure out that there was a mouseover involved. That’s obviously a job for Mutation Observers.

Here’s Microsoft’s documentation for Mutation Observers, which I find clearer than the MDN page.

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Intersection Observers: the beginning

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Today I spent about an hour in writing a few very simple Intersection Observer tests, two hours in running them in a few browsers, and now an hour in writing down the results.

I’ve only just started my research, but can already draw a few odd conclusions, which make me fear Intersection Observers are not yet ready to be deployed on a large scale, particularly on mobile.

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Scrolling your website past the iPhone X’s notch

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During the introduction of the iPhone X a hilarious gif made the Twitter rounds, showing a list scrolling past the new notch.

I asked the question any web developer would ask: “Hey, is this even possible with web technology?” Turns out it is.

(We should probably ask: “Hey, is this a useful effect, even if it’s possible?” But that’s a boring question, the answer being Probably Not.)

So for laughs I wrote a proof of concept (you need to load that into the iPhone X simulator). Turns out that this little exercise is quite useful for wrapping your head around the visual viewport and zooming. Also, the script turned out to be quite simple.

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Elsewhere on the 'Net

The Elsewhere on the 'Net blog contains many links to other interesting web development sites, articles, and resources.

16 March 2010

Opera Browser Standards support chart

19 February 2010

App is Crap (why Apple is bad for your health)

Touch web browser mega shootout: Surf's up

18 February 2010

Dispatches from the front line - War reporter checks in from smartphone battle zone

2 February 2010

How Internet Explorer 8 document mode affects JavaScript

31 January 2010

The Mobile App Store Landscape 5 years Ai (After the iPhone)

18 January 2010

Windows Mobile, iPhone, Android - Marketplace Comparison

RIM patent app will have you barely browsing the web at incredible speeds

NetFront Browser v4.0

8 January 2010

A Bloodbath for 2010: the Smartphone market preview

6 January 2010

Google's biggest announcement was not a phone, but a URL

5 January 2010

What’s Ahead for the Mobile Web in 2010?

Is there hope for Palm in the 2010 smartphone wars?

8 December 2009

The mobile data apocalypse, and what it means to you

Microsoft, EU Are Said to Modify Deal in Browser Case

See the Elsewhere homepage for older entries.