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W3C and the Mobile World

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), 24th of April, 2006

Ivan Herman, W3C

W3C and the Mobile World

Photograph of HKUST

Slides of the presentation held at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), on the 24th of April, 2006.

What is “Mobile”?

Characteristics of Mobile

Restrictions, Constraints

Drive to Innovation

The web usage is still evolving

Still a Multipolar World

Where We Are

Standardization is (even more) important!

Comparison of WAP vs WAP2
Source: T-Mobile

A World of Varieties

Collection of a number of mobile phone photos

The Players

Position of W3C

An Enabling Technology: Modularization

XHTML Basic/CSS Mobile

XHTML Displayed on a Sony Phone


Three SVG Mobile Pictures in a row


3GPP’s MMS (“Multimedia Messaging”)

“Traditional” Interaction: XForms

simple interaction in danish
simple interaction in danish
(courtesy of

W3C’s Mobile Web Initiative (MWI)

MWI Logo
“Making Web access from a mobile device as simple, easy and convenient as Web access from a desktop device”

Industry Cooperation is Required

Key players that need to cooperate for making mobile web work

Current MWI Sponsors

MWI sponsors

Mobile Web Best Practices Working Group

Best Practices

Device Description Working Group

Potential Future Work MWI

Further Information

Home page for W3C, has further links to: MWI, XForms, SVG, SMIL, XHTML,
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