Friday, March 13th, 2009
Peter-Paul Koch (AKA ppk) has truly provided a tremendous service to the development community over the years building one of the most important resources in determining compatibility of web standards among the major browsers, the Compatibility Master Table. This resource is referenced often by developers and publications and is exhaustively granular in its data.
With his focus shifting to the mobile space, PPK continues to serve the community by providing similar data for mobile browsers.
Right now I’m doing basic tests while also figuring out what “basic tests” means in the mobile space. It turns out that I even have to test basic CSS stuff like font-style. Many of my already-existing tests use such typographic CSS to denote whether a browser supports a certain selector or effect; but if a mobile phone doesn’t support the CSS in the first place, my tests will misfire horribly.
His Mobile Compatibility Tables, while still very new and a work in progress, will surely be of tremendous help to the many developers who are now looking to mobile web development as the next big wave.
He’s already collected a large amount of information on the following mobile browsers:
- Opera Mobile
- Opera Mini
and for the following browser capabilities:
- Events including key & click
- Basic DOM & Ajax support
- Basic font CSS
- CSS Media
- Focus, blur, scroll
- Screen orientation support
- Font sizes
If you’re a mobile web application developer, I urge you to go visit this great resource and even offer PPK feedback to expand his data.
Posted by Rey Bango at 5:03 pm