Thomas Fuchs
Hi, I'm Thomas Fuchs. I'm the author of Zepto.js, of script.aculo.us, and I'm a Ruby on Rails core alumnus. With Amy Hoy I'm building cheerful software, like Freckle Time Tracking and Every Time Zone and write books like Retinafy.me.
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Quick and easy orientation detection for mobile sites

October 8th, 2010

Here’s one of the quick tricks we’re talking about in the HTML5 Mobile Pro workshop.

If you want to react to change in orientation of the device on mobile sites, here’s a quick and easy to use snippet, that just sets a “horizontal” or “vertical” class on the body element, so you can write some CSS to adapt your site:

document.body.onorientationchange = (function(){
  document.body.className = 
    orientation % 180 == 0 ? 'vertical' : 'horizontal';
  return arguments.callee;
})();

That’s it–stick this into a script tag at the end of your page, just before the body tag closes and you’re good.

This code will set a class of “horizontal” or “vertical” on the initial load page load, depending on the orientation of the device, and will also set the class whenever the orientation changes later.

Learn the gritty details on how this works, and much, much more at my HTML5 Mobile Pro workshop.