[webkit-dev] Default viewport value on WAP DTDs

Ryosuke Niwa rniwa at webkit.org
Fri May 4 09:31:43 PDT 2012

I don't think we want to support XHTML-MP. We finally got rid of WML after
years of discussions and attempts.

If we were to accept this patch, I'd like to see a broader discussion about
whether we want to support XHTML-MP or not first.

- Ryosuke

On Thu, May 3, 2012 at 1:46 PM, Hugo Parente Lima
<hugo.lima at openbossa.org>wrote:

> Hi,
> I was pointed to trigger a discussion here about the patch:
> https://bugs.webkit.org/show_bug.cgi?id=85425
> I'll try to resume to issue:
> If no viewport is specified webkit uses the magic and well know value of
> 980
> pixels for the canvas width, this value is very good for most websites
> developed for desktop usage, on the other side there are the websites[1]
> developed for small screen mobile devices. Those websites will look pretty
> ugly on a 980 pixels canvas, many of those websites uses a different DTD
> like:
> "http://www.wapforum.org/DTD/xhtml-mobile10.dtd">
> The proposed patch changes the magic value of 980 pixels to "device-width"
> when this doctype is found causing the website to render nicely if the
> device
> screen is small, i.e. don't show the website in a 980 pixels canvas zoomed
> out
> to fit the <980 pixels screen.
> Some webkit browsers already use this hack, like the N9 browser and if I
> understood correctly by the Zalan comments on the bug, the iOS Safari too.
> Comments about why the viewport width should or shouldn't be changed by the
> doc type is appreciated. Thanks!
> Regards
> Hugo Parente Lima
> [1] http://m.yahoo.com; http://www.google.com (using a user agent like:
> "Nokia
> 7110/1.0")
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