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DaveRo Tech: Mudcat on a smart Android phone (14) RE: Tech: Mudcat on a smart Android phone 02 Jan 20


"Responsive" websites are ones that change their layout - shifting stuff about, leaving less important stuff out, so that they work on small displays.

Before there were responsive websites, and when mobile devices started to become common, browser makers used various tricks to make text that was designed for a big display readable on a tiny one without constantly zooming and scrolling in two dimensions. Some of these tricks still work - like double-tapping a block of text to make it occupy the whole screen width, and then double-tapping it to shrink it back.

Another trick that Firefox used was 'font inflation'. This increased the font-size of 'content' text to make it bigger relative to the rest of the page. It was rather hit and miss whether this worked. (This piece from 2012 described it.) I don't think it's done any more now that most sites are responsive but there may be browsers out there that still do something similar.

I assume (because I've still not seen the effect) that this behaviour by the Android default browser is a similar trick. I suppose they're trying to make the typing box occupy the whole screen to make it more usable - and there's no way out of it.

There's no way the Mudcat website could be responsive without rewriting it. It might be possible to fix this particular problem with a meta tag as that bug report suggests. But that might make it less usable in other ways, by disabling any tricks that browsers still perform on non-mobile websites.

And it works fine on Firefox for Android.


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