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Programming the Mobile Web

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  1. Programming the Mobile Web
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    2. Preface
      1. Who This Book Is For
      2. Who This Book Is Not For
      3. What You’ll Learn
      4. Other Options
      5. If You Like (or Don’t Like) This Book
      6. Conventions Used in This Book
      7. Using Code Examples
      8. How to Contact Us
      9. Safari® Books Online
      10. Acknowledgments
    3. 1. The Mobile Jungle
      1. Myths of the Mobile Web
      2. The Mobile Ecosystem
      3. Mobile Knowledge
      4. Brands, Models, and Platforms
      5. Technical Information
      6. Market Statistics
    4. 2. Mobile Browsing
      1. The Mobile Browsing Experience
      2. Mobile Web Eras
    5. 3. Architecture and Design
      1. Website Architecture
      2. Design and Usability
    6. 4. Setting Up Your Environment
      1. Setting Up a Development Environment
      2. Production Environment
    7. 5. Markups and Standards
      1. First, the Old Ones
      2. Current Standards
      3. XHTML Mobile Profile and Basic
      4. CSS for Mobile
      5. Confusion
    8. 6. Coding Markup
      1. Heading Structure
      2. The Document Body
      3. Plug-ins and Extensions
    9. 7. CSS for Mobile Browsers
      1. Where to Insert the CSS
      2. Selectors
      3. CSS Techniques
      4. Common Patterns
      5. CSS Sprites
      6. WebKit Extensions
    10. 8. JavaScript Mobile
      1. Supported Technologies
      2. Coding JavaScript for Mobile Browsers
    11. 9. Ajax, RIA, and HTML 5
      1. Ajax Support
      2. JavaScript Libraries
      3. WebKit CSS Extensions
      4. Mobile Rich Internet Applications
      5. HTML 5
    12. 10. Server-Side Browser Detection and Content Delivery
      1. Mobile Detection
      2. Content Delivery
      3. Multimedia and Streaming
      4. Content Adaptation
      5. Mobilizing WordPress and Other CMSs
    13. 11. Geolocation and Maps
      1. Location Techniques
      2. Detecting the Location
      3. Showing a Map
    14. 12. Widgets and Offline Webapps
      1. Mobile Widget Platforms
      2. Standards
      3. Platforms
      4. Widget Design Patterns
    15. 13. Testing, Debugging, and Performance
      1. Testing and Debugging
      2. Performance Optimization
    16. 14. Distribution and Social Web 2.0
      1. Mobile SEO
      2. Mobile Web Statistics
      3. Mobile Web Advertising
      4. Mobile Web Social Features
    17. A. MIME Types for Mobile Content
      1. Markup and Script MIME Types
      2. Image MIME Types
      3. Mobile Content MIME Types
      4. Audio and Video MIME Types
      5. Widget and Webapp MIME Types
    18. Index
    19. About the Author
    20. Colophon
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Detecting the Location

Let’s take a look at some samples of the different techniques, and a multiplatform solution that will work for almost all devices. Table 11-1 analyzes browser compatibility with the different client techniques.

Table 11-1. Client geolocation API support list


Client geolocation support


W3C Geolocation API from iOS 3.0

Android browser

Gears from Android 1.5

W3C Geolocation API from Android 2.0


No support (available in widgets)

Nokia Series 40

No support


No support (available in offline applications)


BlackBerry Location since 4.1

Gears since 5.0

W3C Geolocation API announced from 6.0


No support

Openwave (Myriad)

No support

Internet Explorer

No support (Gears optionally, if it’s installed)

Motorola Internet Browser

No support

Opera Mobile

No support (Gears optionally, if it’s installed)

Opera Mini

No support

W3C Geolocation API

The World Wide Web Consortium is working on a standard way to query the user’s position from JavaScript, called the Geolocation API. The API is still in draft at the time of this writing, but the draft status has not stopped some providers from using it: it has been implemented in Firefox since version 3.5, in mobile Safari since iOS version 3.0, and in the Android browser since 2.0. We should expect it to be implemented in more browsers in the future.

The Geolocation API doesn’t rely on one location technology. Instead, it allows the browser to decide which method it will use.

With this API implemented in ...

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