CSS - Viewport

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1 - About

A viewport is a window or other viewing area on the screen.

When the viewport is smaller than the area of the canvas on which the document is rendered, the user agent should offer a scrolling mechanism.

There is at most one viewport per canvas, but user agents may render to more than one canvas (i.e., provide different views of the same document).

The layout viewport is the area in CSS pixels that the browser uses to calculate the dimensions of elements with percentage width.


3 - Example

A typical mobile-optimized site viewport will contain this meta tag. This meta will make the layout viewport fit the device width exactly.

<meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1">


  • width is the size of the viewport defined by:
  • initial-scale controls the zoom level when the page is first loaded. The maximum-scale, minimum-scale, and user-scalable properties control how users are allowed to zoom the page in or out.

4 - Documentation / Reference

web/css/viewport.txt ยท Last modified: 2019/02/09 12:07 by gerardnico