Category Archives: Browsers

Text size and screen ratios

bbc side-by-side -comparisonThe recent 'vexing viewports' article on Alistapart is a call on device manufacturers to choose a reasonable CSS-pixel resolution for each device so that responsive design works. This is something I totally agree with and support, but I'm not sure the iPad mini example they use is as clear it seems.

In defence of pixels

diagram showing definition of a pixel.I keep reading recommendations for using EMs or other typographical units for layout, which I still don't understand. At best it is an extra layer of abstraction, at worst it is misleading and likely to cause more issues than it solves. I will try to demonstrate why pixels are the best relative unit.

Relative pixels

Layout methods in web design have gone through a transition in the last few years, unfortunately we're still using floats a lot, but flexible layouts have made a comeback in the form of responsive design - which is great. Recently though, I have been puzzled by people suggesting that we should use EMs for layout...

Zooming bug in Webkit

Boston globe zoomed in ChromeI've noticed a bug in Webkit browsers that impacts accessibility: Zooming in does not trigger media queries. Responsive design techniques can really help people who zoom in with their browser, but not in Chrome or Safari at the moment.

The “Open Web Stack” – Snappy acronym needed

The W3C's new logo for HTML5 with a whacking great question mark next to it.Chris Mills at the Web Standards project posted up an open letter to the W3C about the new "HTML5 logo", which I commented on, but it seems comments are off. So here's what I wrote...

Are browser-updates a thing of the past?

Chrome stats during the upgrade from three to four, they switch between February and March.I noticed something in the browser stats before I noticed it on my laptop - Google's Chrome doesn't ask you about updates. I knew, almost subconsciously, that there was a Google updater programme running. However, I didn't realise the impact it could have on web development, and potentially users as well.

Google Chrome market share

I've seen a few articles recently about Google's Chrome browser market share, some sites seem to have had quite a lot of visits from people using Chrome, which then fell off again. However, these sort of stats are probably missing the point, what sites is it that people are most likely to use Chrome on?

Font-based layouts becoming fashionable?

Layouts are becoming an issue again. The (browser) landscape is changing, as are the fashion in layouts, but not really in unison. I can understand giving a greater weight towards design aspects, and maintaining the grid, however, I find the timing curious, as these changes seem likely to be obsolete soon.

CMS editable Flash

The Defacto-CMS website carousel widget.With all the fuss over AJAX and Flash accessibility you get, I thought it might be worth outlining the process we used to create a Flash/AJAX widget and highlight one of the advantages you get with this method. It also means that the use of Flash has no impact on your Search Engine Optimisation.

Tabindex for keyboard accessibility

Steve Falkner did a good presentation to the WSG last week, outlining how and why AJAX can work with screen readers. One tiny little point I wanted to pick up on was whether it was a waste of time to update AJAX content if you've attached an event to an element that isn't a link or form control.