Weird browser bugs, inconsistent CSS/JS support, performance issues, mobile fragmentation, device pixels, viewports, zooming, touch event cascade, pointer and click events and the 300-millisecond delay. No, mobile isn’t dark matter, but it does require you to learn a few new things, some of which are quite confusing.

232 pages. Written by Peter-Paul Koch.
Designed by Stephen Hay. Reviewed by Stephanie and Brian Rieger. September 2014.

Also available as printed, hardcover book.


The Mobile Web Handbook will help you to make sense of it all. It’s our brand new practical guide for dealing with front-end challenges on mobile — effectively. Written by Peter-Paul Koch, it features recent research findings and shows the intricacies of mobile, with its common problems and workarounds, and delivers what it promises: real-world advice for mobile — very unique and extremely useful.

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.


  • Chapter 1: The Mobile World
  • Chapter 2: Browsers
  • Chapter 3: Android
  • Chapter 4: Viewports
  • Chapter 5: CSS
  • Chapter 6: Touch and Pointer Events
  • Chapter 7: Becoming a Mobile Web Developer
  • Chapter 8: The Future of the Web on Mobile

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.

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 Information

  • Formats: PDF, EPUB, Kindle (DRM-free)
  • Pages: 232
  • Language: English
  • Released: September 2014
  • ISBN (EPUB): 978-3-94454088-7
  • ISBN (KINDLE): 978-3-94454089-4
  • ISBN (Print): 978-3-94454093-1

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