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No question the mobile web is booming no matter who you ask.  Consumers are accessing the web from phones in droves and the World Wide Web Consortium wants to make sure that everyone plays on the same 3-inch field.  Today the WWWC announced new mobile web […]

Mobile_webNo question the mobile web is booming no matter who you ask.  Consumers are accessing the web from phones in droves and the World Wide Web Consortium wants to make sure that everyone plays on the same 3-inch field.  Today the WWWC announced new mobile web standards for webmasters to use to insure that all sites are easily accessible via the mobile device.  The new standards look to not only create enjoyable mobile browsing experiences but also to insure that folks with disabilities can benefit from the mobile web.  Full press release after the jump.


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W3C Standards Make Mobile Web Experience More Inviting

NewWork Started on Mobile Web Application Guidelines

 

http://www.w3.org/ — 29 July 2008– W3C today announced new standards that will make it easier for people tobrowse the Web on mobile devices. Mobile Web BestPractices 1.0, published as a W3C Recommendation, condenses the experienceof many mobile Web stakeholders into practical advice on creatingmobile-friendly content.

 

"Mobile Web content developers now have stable guidelinesand maturing tools to help them create a better mobile Web experience,"said Dominique Hazaël-Massieux, W3C Mobile Web Activity Lead. "In supportof the W3C mission of building One Web, we want to support the developercommunity by providing tools to enable a great mobile Web userexperience."

 

Mobile Web Design Guidelines Address Challenges on the Go

 

People who want to use the Web while "on the go" faceseveral challenges, including hardware and software diversity, deviceconstraints, and bandwidth limitations. Mobile Web Best Practices 1.0 helps contentauthors face those challenges and develop content that works on a wide array ofmobile devices. Authors and other content producers will find practical advicefor managing user experience challenges such as data input and page scrolling.

 

Until today, content developers faced an additional challenge: avariety of mobile markup languages to choose from. With the publication of the XHTML Basic 1.1Recommendation today, the preferred format specification of the BestPractices, there is now a full convergence in mobile markup languages,including those developed by the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA).

 

The W3C mobileOKchecker (beta), when used with the familiar W3C validator, helps developers testmobile-friendly Web content.

 

Next Steps: Mobile Web Application Guidelines

 

According to JuniperResearch, "the global market for Mobile Web 2.0 will be worth $22.4billion in 2013, up from $5.5 billion currently." Keeping pace with thistrend, the Mobile Web Best Practices(MWBP) Working Group published today the first draft of the next generationof guidelines, MobileWeb Application Best Practices, aimed at mobile Web applications. While the"original" best practices document focused on traditional Webbrowsing, the new guidelines will focus on the use of Web applications andwidgets for user interaction opportunities on mobile devices. For example,mobile content providers might use Web applications together with geolocationinformation to provide users with richer location-based services andinterfaces.

 

W3C is also developing resources to help authors understand howto create content that is both mobile-friendlyand accessible to people with disabilities. A draft of Relationship between Mobile Web BestPractices (MWBP) and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) is jointlypublished by the The Mobile Web Best Practices Working Group and WAI’s Education & Outreach Working Group (EOWG).

 

The MWBP Working Group participants, including key leaders fromthe mobile industry and representatives of the Mobile Web Initiative (MWI) sponsors,are declaring theirsupport for today’s set of published mobile Web technologies.

 

About the World Wide Web Consortium [W3C]

 

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an internationalconsortium where Member organizations, a full-time staff, and the public worktogether to develop Web standards. W3C primarily pursues its mission throughthe creation of Web standards and guidelines designed to ensure long-term growthfor the Web. Over 400 organizations are Members of the Consortium. W3C isjointly run by the MIT Computer Science andArtificial Intelligence Laboratory (MIT CSAIL) in the USA, the European Research Consortium for Informatics andMathematics (ERCIM) headquartered in France and Keio University in Japan, and has additional Offices worldwide. For moreinformation see http://www.w3.org

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