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W3C Pushing for Better Web on Mobile Devices

Launches new website testing tool for presentation on mobile devices

     
1:42 pm on Nov 16, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Some interesting developments [technologyreview.com] from W3C:

Berners-Lee said that the W3C is working on defining a set of standards that developers can use to build websites that work with mobile devices, as well as with desktop computers, so that the mobile Web doesn't break apart from the World Wide Web.

This week, the W3C also launched a new tool that developers can use to test their websites for compatibility with mobile devices.

The W3C's new tool, called the mobileOK checker, will look over code to see how well it follows the W3C's guidelines.
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Today, W3C provides new means for people to create and find mobile friendly content. W3C invites Web authors to run the alpha release of the W3C mobileOK checker and make their content work on a broad range of mobile devices. The checker runs the tests defined in the W3C mobileOK Basic Tests 1.0 Candidate Recommendation.

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W3C mobileOK checker [validator.w3.org]

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I guess many will be seeing this message once they use the tool:

This page is not mobileOK Basic

3:42 pm on Nov 16, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Great post, very interesting.

My comment is that, the coding aside, the UI will need to be different. So, webmasters have more work coming, like it or not.

"We need one Internet," sounds nice, but it is not basic in reality. Dial-up web sites and high-speed websites co-exist now, for example. Still, standards are very helpful.

5:30 pm on Nov 16, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I think the W3C are worried and the mobile web should break break apart from the World Wide Web.

Mobiles have much better UIs written in Java not HTML. Why would you want to browse a html webmail site on a mobile when the phone can pull down your emails and present them as texts and media using Java?

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hmm.

"The following errors were encountered when trying to parse (site address)"

and then naught. Good thing my customers are, for the most part, about 5 years behind when it comes to technology.

 

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