Manifest.json

My wife’s Japanese comic about our family is a responsive website.

A cool trick I learned at ConFoo while listening to Christian Heilmann speak was that I could leverage built-in mobile technology by simply adding a manifest.json file to the code.

A manifest turns a responsive website into an installable app. It lets users add it on their mobile phone’s home screen. When they launch the site it gets a splash screen and runs in full screen mode, basically behaving like a native app.

Caveat: For this to work HTTPS is required. Use certbot if you don’t already.

I used Manifest Generator to get started and it was easy. According to the ConFoo talk Bing indexes sites with manifest.json files and prioritizes them as smartphone compatible. A simple SEO win?

Now my family’s manga is an app. Horray for the open web!

Spellcheck English + French At The Same Time On Android

On Android you can spellcheck multiple languages by switching to them, on-the-fly, using the space bar:

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To set up this feature go into settings under “Language & input” then select “Google Keyboard:”

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Select “Languages:”

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Disable “Use system language” and select the languages you want to spellcheck against:

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Merci!