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From Shazron <>
Subject Re: navigator.orientation API + tests
Date Tue, 13 Mar 2012 19:40:11 GMT
I just realize the resize event will only work for iOS if we throw out
the concept of there being two types of Landscape and Portrait
(LandscapeLeft, LandscapeRight, Portrait and PortraitUpsideDown) which
exist with the current window.orientation. Are the two types of
Landscape and Portrait only used in iOS, what about BB and Android, or

On Tue, Mar 13, 2012 at 10:28 AM, Filip Maj <> wrote:
> Certainly works on Android and at least on the Torch (BBs with an
> accelerometer)
> On 3/13/12 10:21 AM, "Shazron" <> wrote:
>>Is that what Android / BB does and is reliable and tested?
>>On Tue, Mar 13, 2012 at 9:15 AM, Filip Maj <> wrote:
>>> I don't think we need to jump on supporting the new
>>> (DeviceOrientation/Motion) events in the cordova API right away.
>>> As a first step I would simply remove the tests for window.orientation.
>>> As for replacing it: you can attach to the "resize" event on window, and
>>> compare the screen width vs. screen height to figure out what
>>> the device is in.
>>> On 3/13/12 9:02 AM, "Shazron" <> wrote:
>>>>If we go ahead with removing iOS < 4.2 support, the backfilling of
>>>>support of the two events in JS can be removed:
>>>>I'll let others chime in about removing window.orientation in iOS
>>>>before adding an issue in jira.
>>>>If we remove it, here are my recommendations:
>>>>   1) Remove iOS < 4.2 support in Cordova
>>>>   2) Write docs regarding what replaces window.orientation, and how
>>>>to use the new event(s) to detect simple orientation changes
>>>>On Tue, Mar 13, 2012 at 8:40 AM, Shazron <> wrote:
>>>>> The iOS window.orientation and orientationchange event items (which
>>>>> are not W3C, and has been in iOS since 1.1) was to support these
>>>>> features in a UIWebView which came for free in Mobile Safari. Apple's
>>>>> description is here:
>>>>> Apple already supports the DeviceMotionEvent and
>>>>> DeviceOrientationEvents in iOS 4.2 (which we backfill support for
>>>>> older iOS versions) and those are W3C drafts are I believe.
>>>>> Also those two events are not exact replacements for
>>>>> window.orientation - we would need to have to have equivalents /
>>>>> educate users on how to map the event values to the appropriate
>>>>> window.orientation ones.
>>>>> Shaz
>>>>> On Tue, Mar 13, 2012 at 8:19 AM, Filip Maj <> wrote:
>>>>>> Hey all,
>>>>>> In mobile-spec we have a series of tests checking an API available
>>>>>>navigator.orientation [1]. From what I can tell / remember, this is
>>>>>>something that we support as a legacy, as neither Android or
>>>>>>have it but I believe there are leftovers in iOS (before cordova-js
>>>>>>integration) that still have this API.
>>>>>> I do not think it is based on any W3C spec. The closest thing I could
>>>>>>find is something the Geolocation Working Group are drafting up, an
>>>>>>event called device orientation [2].
>>>>>> My thinking is, remove this API completely. It is not part of our
>>>>>>documentation and as far as I can tell only iOS supports it right
>>>>>>Instead, set new tasks to implement the W3C deviceorientation event
>>>>>>perhaps come up with a simpler, synchronous API of our own!).
>>>>>> Thoughts?

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