Subtext On Mobile Devices
Scott writes about making DasBlog work on Mobile Devices. The approach he takes is to programmatically detect that the device is a mobile device and then present an optimized TinyHTML (his term) theme.
Ideally though, wouldn’t it be nice to have mobile versions of every theme? In fact, I thought this could be handled without any code at all via CSS media types.
Unfortunately (or is that fortunately) I don’t own a BlackBerry or any such mobile device with a web browser, so I can’t test this, but in theory, another approach would be to declare a CSS file specifically for mobile devices like so:
<link rel="stylesheet" href="mobile.css" type="text/css" media="handheld" />
The mobile browser should use this CSS to render its screen while a regular browser would ignore this. Should being the operative word here. Unfortunately, at least for Scott’s Blackberry, it doesn’t. He told me he does include a mobile stylesheet declaration and the BlackBerry doesn’t pick it up. Does anyone know which devices, if any, do support this attribute?
For those devices that do, a skin in subtext can be made mobile ready by
specifing the media attribute in the
Style element of
like so (note this feature is available in Subtext 1.5).
<Style href="mobile.css" media="handheld" />
Refer to my recent overview of Subtext skinning to see the media attribute in play for printable views, which does seem to work for IE and Firefox.