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    Media Query Orientation

    Just wanted to share a recent discovery of mine. I was working with the orientation feature of media queries, when I discovered that the orientation is determined based on the height/width ratio of the viewport window, not by some attribute passed by the device, as I previously thought. In other words, if the viewport is taller that it is wide, orientation returns as portrait, regardless of what type of device it's on.

    What does this mean? A couple of things:
    1. You don't need a device to test orientation-based media queries. You can simply test it by changing the width of your desktop browser window - as soon as the window is narrower than it is tall, the portrait orientation will trigger.
    2. The potential, especially with fluid-width, mobile-first design processes, for greatly simplified media queries.
    3. Much better targeting for desktop browsers by combining orientation:landscape with a min-width query.

    Anyway, thought I'd share.
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    Ron Roe
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