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[worklog] Mabuigumi, the soul shifting

We had two powerful earthquakes in the south of Japan which have been registered both at 7, the maximum, on the Japanese earthquake scale. Previously only 3 other earthquakes had been that high in Japan.

Tune of the week: Boom! Shake the room.

Webcompat Life

Progress this week:

Today: 2016-04-22T10:25:49.831867
376 open issues
needsinfo       4
needsdiagnosis  132
needscontact    27
contactready    95
sitewait        116

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Londong agenda.

Webcompat issues

(a selection of some of the bugs worked on this week).

  • -webkit-overflow-scrolling: touch; and a missing width: 100vw; creates a scrolling issue for a menu. If you speak Chinese you can help us find the contact and reach out to them.
  • One of the issues with Webcompat work is that people change life, job, assignments like it is happening on this Amazon bug, but after finding another person in charge, the dialog is still going on. And it's an healthy one, where constraints and needs are discussed on both sides. That's the best you could hope for when discussing about features and bugs.
  • User-Agent override is never an easy choice. When deciding to do user agent override, aka faking the user agent so you receive the proper user experience from the Web site, what else will you break in the process?
  • A selection which creates a jump in reading the next article on the NYTimes Web site.
  • There is something to write about user agent sniffing, websites and longterm. Orbis is obviously a site which is not maintained anymore BUT working at least for some browsers. The strategies of user agent sniffing are still in place and then fail the browser even if it could work.
  • There should be a special category for Daniel Holbert's Web compatibility bug reports… Holy cow. This is just butter on top of grilled bread. A barber shop

Webcompat development

Need to increase my dev rate.

Gecko Bugs

  • Brian Grinstead [fixed] an issue which was created by the interaction of User Agent Switcher addons and developer tool.

Meaning of WebCompat, err, Web Compatibility

In two tweets, Jen Simmons got pretty interesting answers:

  • “web compatibility” is HTML content which is accessible via interconnected URLs independent of further technologies.
  • another buzzword.
  • Web compat means pages that work for everyone regardless of browser, screen size, network speed, language, physical ability.
  • Something that can safely be loaded in a browser?
  • more seriously, is a cool initiative. Wasn’t aware until you asked :)
  • Spiderman vs. Bizarro Spiderman
  • Web Compatibility, but then in a slightly puzzled manner I wonder why they decided to shorten compatibility to compat.
  • it means someone didn't finish their sentence

I like this series of answers. "Web Compat" as a buzzword is interesting. We usually use webcompat in between us in the team without realizing that it might be not understood outside of our circle. Taking notes.

The other answers are very spread apart into something which is more on does it work more than interoperable, aka focusing more on universality of the Web technologies. In the London agenda, we have an item opened for discussions on the meaning of Web Compatibility and what are the class of issues. It should be fun.

Reading List

Follow Your Nose


  • Document how to write tests on using test fixtures.
  • ToWrite: rounding numbers in CSS for width
  • ToWrite: Amazon prefetching resources with <object> for Firefox only.