Squaring The Circle

The late Steve Jobs did not allow Flash on the iPhone-pod-pad because it reduces reliability and leads to sub-standard apps. A coder from Apple told me that coding a magnifying glass applet was impossible without either Flash or the CSS3 radius property. Or you were stuck with a rectangular zoom frame. Naturallemente, I had to prove her wrong. At first it felt like squaring the circle, than I did. Think about that for a while. I’ll wait…
By overlaying a number of rectangles it is possible to make a crow-stepped circle. Use a lot of rectangles to dissolve the crow steps or cover them with a rim. The proof of concept was simple enough. An old G3 Mac showed it could do ten overlays without “stuttering.” So I coded a quick and dirty one that calculated the maximum diameter (and its corresponding ten rectangle’s dimensions) for a given rim thickness. Than I made a WordPress plugin called Glass, to use here. If you like my style, you like my plugin, why don’t you make me known it? Use some fine Glass on your site.