With mobile web browsing becoming widespread, users expect their favorite sites to "just work" on their mobile device of choice. Exciting times, especially as there are a number of new hooks in modern mobile browsers that help web designers to create compelling experiences on phones and tablets.
In my talk, I will cover the various features of the viewport meta tag, and look at how they allow you to control mobile browsers' zoom behaviors. I'll also connect this to Opera's CSS Device Adaptation proposal, which brings this feature to CSS in the form of the @viewport rule.
Furthermore, I will explain how viewport can be combined with media queries to create super-flexible layouts that work nicely across different browsing contexts and devices, and explore various strategies to dealing with different screen sizes and pixel densities.
In this presentation, PPK will describe the mobile browser world, its 10 to 15 important browsers, their relations, the difference between normal and proxy browsers, and how to go about deciding on a starting point for your mobile web endeavors. He'll try to make sense of a confusing ecosystem that web developers will need to learn to know better, and he will go way beyond just iPhone and Android.
13th–15th October 2011