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From Shazron <>
Subject Re: navigator.orientation API + tests
Date Tue, 13 Mar 2012 17:21:13 GMT
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 orientation
> 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 at
>>>>navigator.orientation [1]. From what I can tell / remember, this is
>>>>something that we support as a legacy, as neither Android or BlackBerry
>>>>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 now.
>>>>Instead, set new tasks to implement the W3C deviceorientation event (or
>>>>perhaps come up with a simpler, synchronous API of our own!).
>>>> Thoughts?

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