Preventing Pinch-Zoom in Cordova on Windows 10 Mobile | Cordova

One of the most obvious ways to spot a Cordova app is a pinch-zoom inside the app. On Android and iOS you can use meta-tags and CSS to disable the pinch-zoom and over scroll. But for some reason I couldn’t get itĀ disabled on Windows 10 mobile.

The Solution

I’ve been looking everywhere for the solution. And after a long search it turned out to be very easy. Just add the following CSS to your app:

html {
    touch-action: none;

There used to be a Microsoft vender specific version of this, but the vender part is dropped and it’s now according to the W3C standard.

Debugging AngularJS in Visual Studio 2015

While working on the Cordova Drum Machine I’m currently streaming live at, I ran into a few issues with Visual Studio debugger. Normally I debug my ‘normal’ AngularJS web applications inside Chrome using an extension on the debug tools that shows the context of the selected HTML element. In Visual Studio I do not have these tools available. Here’s how to get information on the Angular context of a selected element.


The first thing that’s really useful to gain insight to is the Angular scope. The scope has to be read from a specific DOM element. To select an element from your app (in my case I’m running my Cordova app as a UWP app on the Windows desktop), click the ‘select element’ button in Visual Studio and pick the element from your app. In the screenshot below I’ve selected a group of radio buttons from which I’d like to view the current scope.


Visual Studio will highlight the DOM element that is selected.

Now we’ll have a look at the JavaScript Console inside Visual Studio. If you type $0 in there and hit enter, the JavaScript Console will prompt the highlighted element. We need this to get the current Angular Scope. The easiest way to get the Angular Scope is by using the angular.element function on the selected element and call the _scopeĀ _function on the result. Like so:

var s = angular.element($0).scope()

At this point the ‘s’ variable contains the entire scope. You’re probably interested in some properties of that.


In my drum machine I only added a property ‘vm’ to my scope that contains the viewmodel. In my case I used this code to debug and find out what the scope contained at for the selected elements.


Alternatively you might be interested in the controller that is used at the DOM element you have selected. The code to get access to the current controller is very similar to that of the scope. But instead of calling the scope function you have to call the controller function.

var c = angular.element($0).controller()

When evaluating the ‘c’ variable in the console we get to see what’s inside the current controller.


You can look at the current state of all properties inside the controller and even call function on there.


Since there is no specific tooling inside Visual Studio 2015 that help you to debug and explore AngularJS inside your application, these functions might help you getting some insights of your app. I would suggest to have a look at the other properties in the result of angular.element($0).


Fix unsafe:ms-appx-web issues in Angular and Cordova on Windows 10

During a recent stream over at LiveCoding.TV I ran into some issues with displaying an image in a Cordova app I’m building. This image was stored inside my appx package, but the Content Security Policy blocked it anyways.

It turned out I needed to whitelist the ms-appx and ms-appx-web protocols.

I modified the initialization of the Angular module to whitelist these protocols for images and hrefs as you can see in the example below:

angular.module('app', ['ngRoute'], function ($compileProvider) {