The Mobile Web Handbook

The Mobile Web Handbook

Argh! Weird browser bugs, inconsistent CSS/JavaScript support, performance issues, mobile fragmentation and complicated nuances such as device pixels, viewports, zooming, touch event cascade, pointer/click events and the 300ms delay. To make sense of it all, we created The Mobile Web Handbook, a new practical book by Peter-Paul Koch to help you understand technical issues on mobile and deal with them effectively.


How do you handle mobile browsers? What do you need to know about networks, operators and device vendors? What's the story behind position: fixed, overflow: auto and the three viewports? Are touch events reliable and how exactly do they work? And how do you test on mobile anyway? The book covers all these issues in detail, with lots of practical takeaways along the way.

In fact, building websites for mobile is buggy, unless you know why these bugs come up. With The Mobile Handbook, you'll learn just that — and also how to tackle common issues ahead of time, even before they come up.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1 – The Mobile World
  • Chapter 2 – Browsers
  • Chapter 3 – Android
  • Chapter 4 – Viewports
  • Chapter 5 – CSS
  • Chapter 6 – Touch Events
  • Chapter 7 – Becoming a Mobile Web developer

The book will be useful for mobile strategists, developers, designers, and everybody willing to better understand the intricacies of mobile — both technical and market-related. Whether you want to get a better picture or dive deep into common browser bugs on mobile, this is just the book you need.

250 pages. Written by Peter-Paul Koch. Reviewed by Stephanie and Bryan Rieger. Designed by Stephen Hay. June 2014.

A look inside the book. One of the early drafts by Stephen Hay.

About The Author

Peter-Paul Koch (PPK) has been around the web for ages. Known for his browser compatibility tables on, he is a mobile platform strategist, browser researcher, consultant, and trainer in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He specializes in the mobile web, and especially mobile browser research, advising mobile and desktop browser vendors on their implementation of web standards.

Technical Details

  • 250 pages, 16.5 × 24 cm (6.5 × 9.5 inches).
  • Quality hardcover with stitched binding and a ribbon page marker.
  • Worldwide airmail delivery available ($4.90 intl. shipping).
  • ISBN: 978-3-94454093-1

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