If you use the Tumblr iPhone app to read your Dashboard, you’ve probably noticed that sometimes a post will appear to have its margins set too wide, so you can only see the left side of it. It happens when there’s a URL or other long block of non-whitespace characters, which screws up the text wrapping.
I don’t know if this is a new feature or it’s been there all along and I just noticed it, but here’s how you get to the rest of the text: Drag from right to left with two fingers. The offending post will scroll horizontally all by itself, leaving everything else where it is. If this works because Tumblr’s developers did some magic to enable it: thanks, guys. It’s always nice to see things improve.
Hah! I added this feature when we updated the dashboard for the new version of the iPhone app. To my disappointment, I assumed it just flat out didn’t work. Neven Mrgan explains why the two finger gesture is required:
Any time an element on a webpage viewed on the iPhone implements its own scrolling mechanism you scroll it using the two-finger gesture. This is because the single-finger scroll is reserved for Safari’s top dog, the viewport.
Awesome! Glad I left that code in there. And thanks for showing me how to use my own feature…
Hey, cool. So there’s the answer: the two-finger drag didn’t work until very recently, and apparently I discovered it before Tumblr did! Such a strange place, this Internet.