One of my favorite sources of active mining is that of Peter-Paul Koch digging in to mobile browsers and how they behave. Sponsored by Vodaphone to do a study of various mobile devices and their respective browsers, PPK has been doing some serious analysis of what the landscape looks like.
Armed with a battery of tests he analyzes the various browsers manually (a painstaking task) but it yields some sweet fruit:
He breaks down the results into three areas (note: The results are very much still a work in progress, as noted by PPK, so please be aware of that before making any specific decisions on implementation or usability):
- Mobile CSS – Covering everything from CSS selectors (new and old) along with basic and advanced styling techniques.
- Mobile W3C CSSOM – Covers aspects like screen size, mouse position, document size, and scroll offset.
In general, the results are terribly painful. The majority of the devices and browsers available today are a complete mess. Thankfully smart devices are making solid inroads bringing along good-quality browsers (WebKit-based browsers and Opera Mobile) but it’s going to be a while before those devices are widely available.
PPK is also organizing the Fronteers conference, taking place this fall in Amsterdam. I plan on attending and speaking, as well.