[Webkit-unassigned] [Bug 135198] New: iOS 8 b4 removal of minimal-ui cripples browser games

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Wed Jul 23 08:32:31 PDT 2014


           Summary: iOS 8 b4 removal of minimal-ui cripples browser games
           Product: WebKit
           Version: 528+ (Nightly build)
          Platform: iOS
        OS/Version: Other
            Status: NEW
          Severity: Normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: Layout and Rendering
        AssignedTo: webkit-unassigned at lists.webkit.org
        ReportedBy: ashley at scirra.com

In iOS 8 b4, as with iOS 7.0 but not iOS 7.1, the two large invisible touch regions at the top and bottom of the landscape display more often than not bring up the browser UI, overlap the game content, and don't send the touch to the game. This means games designed for other browsers with fixed viewports - including iOS 7.1! - often become unplayable, since they may have menu options or crucial gameplay buttons in those areas. Some games also really need the extra viewport space given by minimal-ui to provide a decent experience.

The change in iOS 7.1 was really nice and basically fixed the worst problems with iOS 7.0, but iOS 8 b4 has reverted back to the bad old days.

The ideal solution is to support the fullscreen API and support orientation lock when in fullscreen mode, like Chrome for Android (orientation lock part coming soon). Otherwise with these restrictions in place the Safari browser is more or less a write-off for publishing browser games.

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