As defined in its charter, the mission of the Web and Mobile Interest Group (also known as WebMob) is to accelerate the development of Web technology so that it becomes a compelling platform for mobile applications and the obvious choice for cross platform development.
We're working on the work plan for the group. At the moment this involves arranging regular teleconferences, planning deliverables and preparing for an initial face to face meeting - at W3C TPAC in China in November (see Meetings).
Documents under discussion:
- Taxonomy of Mobile Application Platforms - Github repo
Closing the Gap with Native, Gap Analysis - Github repo
A set of documents which together provide an analysis based on the earlier work of the Closing the Gap with Native Headlight Project
- Clarification of the Webmob Charter, in respect of the word "mobile" - Github repo
The Web and Mobile Interest Group (Webmob) has been formed to progress work started by the W3C Core Mobile Platform Community Group (Coremob), to progress work started under the W3C Closing the Gap with Native Headlight Project and to take on maintenance of Standards for Web Applications on Mobile.
Web technology is a natural way to implement many applications that today are widely implemented using native technology. There are felt to be a number of reasons why native technology is used. In part, "apps" are perceived to be "the" approach to mobile. So there is a need to educate and evangelise the advantages of a Web approach over a native approach. In addition, Web technology does not today cover a sufficiently broad range of application use cases - because features have not been standardised sufficiently or because implementation of standardised features has not been sufficiently consistent to allow for straightforward development using them.
W3C Coremob's Core Mobile Web Platform 2012 identified a set of simple mobile use cases and analyzed the requirements on Web technology and the state of readiness of the implementation of that technology.
The Web and Mobile Interest Group exists to help remedy the currently perceived weaknesses of the Web platform and especially to help to develop the Web's inherent strengths, especially in respect of its cross platform nature.
- Core Mobile Web Platform 2012 Deployment Status
- Standards for Web Applications on Mobile: current state and roadmap
- New versions of Core Mobile Web Platform report
- Gap analysis
- Use cases and scenarios for context-relevant user experiences
- Multi-device and cross-device user experiences on the Web
- Usability and Efficiency Considerations for the Web on Mobile
In short, we'd love people to get involved, whether you're a member of the W3C or not. Anybody can (and should!) join the publicly archived mailing list by sending a mail to with "subscribe" in the subject.
If you are not employed by a W3C Member and have specific expertise to bring to this group, and want to be more heavily involved in its work (e.g. becoming a document editor), these instructions explain how to apply for Invited Expert status.
See the list of W3C members who participate.
The work done by the group is primarily carried out on our publicly archived mailing list . Additionally, we hold teleconferences to progress our work and we will hold a number of face to face meetings.
Action items and issues are tracked in the group's tracker.
We use a dedicated space in the W3C wiki as our scratch space for community contributions.
We use the W3C IRC server (available also as a Web app) on the #webmob channel during our meetings to take minutes and manage action items. A number of the group participants (including the chairs and staff contacts) remain on the channel most of the time.
Logistical and administrative discussions can be addressed to the member-only archived mailing list
Our third teleconference will be the week of October 21st: please fill the scheduling survey before October 18.