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.

Tools don’t solve the web’s problems, they ARE the problem

Permalink | in Coding techniques

Seems Facebook (which I don’t use) has put out a new product that allows iPhone users (and only them) to read news articles without leaving Facebook. John Gruber wrote an as-always thought-provoking article about why this could be bad for the web as a whole.

Although I don’t agree that the web is in danger (we hear this story every week, it seems), John makes an important and valid point:

Daring Fireball pages load fast, but the pages I link to often don’t. I worry that the inherent slowness of the web and ill-considered trend toward over-produced web design is going to start hurting traffic to DF.

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The problems with the device-adaptation spec

Permalink | in Viewports

After last week’s rant about, among other things, the W3C Device Adaptation spec, one of the spec’s authors asked me to clarify my critique. Fair enough. Here’s my take on the current specification.

My critique of Device Adaptation consists of three main themes:

  1. The spec does not address the actual current situation at all, while all browsers actually support my theory of the layout, visual, and ideal viewports decently, and I’ve already done the heavy lifting.
  2. The spec is obscure about what its most important components actually mean; I’m especially thinking of the initial and actual viewport. A simple schematic would have helped a lot here, and it’s fairly easy to produce.
  3. Although the spec treats relevant media queries as well as the meta viewport and the @viewport syntax, it does not treat the relevant JavaScript properties such as window.innerWidth and devicePixelRatio. That latter, especially, could do with some specification.

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Of undocumented Chrome features and unreadable W3C specs

Permalink | in Coding techniques

Today I rant about undocumented Chrome features and unreadable W3C specs. There’s too much of both nowadays, and I’m getting VERY tired of both. Google and W3C should clean up their act.

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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.