Hiding container overflow is a pretty simple mission - pick the axis and give it a value.
Except, it doesn’t always work.
I’ve been refining mobile styles for a project which uses a variation on the off-canvas navigation pattern. Selecting a card from the main pane of the page opens a sliding draw to display the appropriate content, sending the card panel sliding off the right-hand edge of the screen. It’s here that the overflow is hidden, to avoid a horizontal scroll.
It’s nothing earth-shattering, but works really nicely for the application.
Until I started playing with it on mobile. Despite having set overflow-x: hidden, I was still getting the horizontal scroll bar, which then made it possible to zoom out and view all the page content - that which should be off-screen and hidden, and the current selected content item. Absolutely not desired behaviour.
Simple fix? Add
user-scalable=no to the page metadata. Nope, still overflowing.
Turns out, browsers that parse the meta-viewport tag also ignore overflow when it’s set on the body or html element.
Why? There’s probably a really good reason. I just don’t know it.
It’s easy enough to fix, although not entirely semantic - adding a div element to wrap the page content, then setting the overflow on this, works fine. In many cases this container will already exist, so it’s just a CSS update.