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From Filip Maj <>
Subject Re: navigator.orientation API + tests
Date Tue, 13 Mar 2012 16:15:28 GMT
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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