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- Jonas Smith
June 20, 2008, 1:44 am
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average article size is around 35,000 characters of plain text. No ads,
no pictures or tables or any of that stuff.
In normal browsers, reading such text and navigating through it is easy.
If you need to jump to the end or the top you simply hit a key on the
keyboard and you're there. I serve the text in customizable look, so
it's very convenient and comfortable to read long passages of text. I
provide some links on top and some on the bottom and all is dandy.
The iPhone's Mobile Safari poses interesting interface problems.
Some of my visitors are starting to access the site with their iPhones
and I'm looking for ways to make it work nicely.
So, the problem is mostly navigation. The iPhone doesn't have keyboard
buttons to jump from one end of the document to the other. Also, it
seems as though the whole window moves instead of the text moving inside
I set up a fixed div with buttons in it, but it didn't help, it's
properly fixed to 0,0 but the 0,0 position moves itself.
I tried setting up a div with scrolling overflow, but the iPhone didn't
respect it. iFrame also no go.
So, any suggestions? Any examples of interfaces that work well with the
iPhone that I haven't stumbled upon? iPhones and other mobile units will
only become more popular in the future, so a solution will be needed.