Getting my ducks in a row. Except they're cats, not ducks. And we're at a laser show.

*** If I'm not too tired and cranky from staying up too late investigating this on my phone, I'll try and reproduce and pass along to Mozilla/Firefox team via support? Reddit? Idk.

But if I make those simple reproduction pages, I'll have to paste the escaped source code in my post, or else the dev team won't be able to read it on mobile. Because FIREFOX MOBILE DOESN'T SUPPORT VIEW SOURCE.

I even tried a JS bookmark hack. But you can't add custom bookmarks on mobile either!

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** My other mobile Firefox problem is that I can't seem to usefully type in any sore of more than plain text box. What I mean is, any text area on mobile firefox where one would edit code, completely freaks out for me. Sometimes deleting doesn't work, or my cursor jumps to different points in the text as I'm deleting or typing. Basically completely unusable.

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Basic html input element: developer.mozilla.org/en-US/do

Jsfiddle (I think*) using js click for file upload, but doesn't bypass permissions: jsfiddle.net/NkycS/2/

Jsfiddle for bypassing camera perms after they've been denied: jsfiddle.net/3wJSY/

* I say "I think" because neither MDN's page nor jsfiddle are very mobile display friendly, and another mobile problem I'm having**.

I may create simple reproduction pages on my site with steps and pass this along to Mozilla, if they care. ... ***

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OK, but here's a kicker: even if you've denied access to Firefox for the camera permission, it's possible to bypass that, and still open the file dialog, without actually getting camera permission. support.mozilla.org/en-US/ques

Which was an embarrassing exchange where two people completely talked past each other. But there's a jsfiddle where I get and close the alert, click the browse button, and the file dialog comes up even tho I have Firefox set to deny camera permission and not to ask me anymore.

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OMFG it was a permission for the Firefox app itself, in android: support.mozilla.org/en-US/ques

Not sure how/why I turned that off (I'm just going to assume it was me at this point), or why the file upload button does nothing, and gives no feedback, if you don't have on the 'camera' permission, but glad another months long problem for me on ff is finally resolved.

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I did test it in nightly, and as of 86, file input does seem to work mostly normally. Vivaldi has a better file select ui, but . Still ridiculous that it hasn't worked for months in production, and the problem still isn't fixed until it's out of nightly and into the main app. It's things like this that make me wonder if Firefox will ever hold a significant market share again. With stuff like this outstanding, I certainly can't suggest it to others to use.

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So apparently file input on Firefox mobile just... doesn't work? I thought it was a pixelfed problem, and gave up on using it over the past few months. Was about to post pics to mastodon only to realize the attachment button didn't work on mastodon. Tested MDN's file input element page and the example flat out doesn't work. It would seem maybe a bit of JavaScript is needed to trigger a click on the input element to get it to work, which is ridiculous.

Saw a blog post advocating for using a transparent gif to put spacing between two elements instead of margin. They didn't feel margin was *semantic* enough...

And an image is???

It probably got me more upset than it should have.

Had the idea to style my logo's alt text so if the img didn't load, the text would actually be a near replacement for my img. Mainly just setting font-size, color, on the img tag, and then also applying some adjustment with the :first-letter css pseudo selector. I feel like I could go more into this and it would be cool for other img tags too.

I'm looking for an instance to set up a social account for PittsburghHousing.org. Not sure if there's one that it'd fit well with, or if I should stick to one of the big general instances, or run my own?

@YinzPittsburghers , @PixxburghGirl , thoughts?

Because none of those linked:

Gaze.Dev
PittsburghHousing.org
HousingDB.org

I try and do things as open source and privacy respecting as I can. I believe in taking nuanced approaches and setting a goal line and figuring out how to make progress towards that goal line. And I'm pretty open to talking about most things, so if you have a question, feel free to ask!

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Been a while since I did an , so here it goes:

Hi, I'm Zac. I'm a problem solver who crafts mostly (but not entirely) in code. I do product/project/software/consulting work through my llc, Gaze.Dev. I also work on housing data and tools locally as PittsburghHousing.org, which are generally meant to be whitelabeled and instance-ized(?) as a part of HousingDB.org.

Plenty of snow falling in Pittsburgh which means the sound of spinning tires and watching cars attempt (and fail) to get up the hill I live on.

Just discovered HyperDot...and wow! This game has such a cool story!! Here’s an awesome post from @geekygimp@twitter.com on it. geekygimp.com/how-hyperdot-got

FRIENDLY REMINDER:

YOU CAN VOTE FOR BIDEN AND NOT TELL ANYONE

WE'LL NEVER KNOW

YOU CAN PRETEND LIKE YOU DIDN'T

I WON'T TELL ANYONE

Day 93 of the #100DaysToOffload Series:

It took me a couple years for GitHub inspire even a little bit of trust from me after the Microsoft purchase. That's gone now. Maybe permanently.

mikestone.me/i-dont-trust-gith

Three quarters of the way through removing the old caulk from one window. This is not as easy or satisfying as I thought it would be. I wonder if heating this with a blowtorch would make things better... Hmm. I probably oughtta not

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