Another one to go. The biggest mobile industry event is taking place in less than a month. Huge really — maybe too big, for my own taste. I miss the time when it was held in Cannes: it was easier to meet people, quicker to walk through the entire show, nicer to recharge one’s batteries in the sun while listening to the sea waves.
Years before launching the W3C Mobile Web Initiative in May 05, we were already listening to the mobile industry heartbeats, watching and prompting for any sign of interest in the mobile Web. We were convinced that the users would want their Web on the move, but it wasn’t clear how long we would have to wait for adoption. While waiting, we saw SVG Mobile become a mandatory implemented feature in smart phones, and we applauded XHTML Basic embraced by early mobile browsers.
The time has come now, as many refer 2008 as “the year of the mobile Web”. And W3C will be at the congress to tell that Web standards are key to make the mobile Web a success story. Our booth will be located in Hall 7 (#7D56), so please come by to say hi. Dom, Matt, François, Stéphane and I will be there to answer any questions you may have, and/or to give you an update of our current activities: W3C mobileOK, best practices phase 2, device descriptions and APIs, WICD mobile, mobile Web in developing countries, mobileAjax, widgets, and more…
Also, we will run a simple fun contest at the booth: if your Web site is mobile-friendly according to the W3C mobileOK checker, then you win what we think will be the coolest T-shirt at the show! No worries, a copy of our handy mobile Web best practices flipcards, plus other MWI goodies, will be offered to the unlucky ones.
Finally, if you have a stand in the congress, let us know if you have a cool demo/application to show. We’ll be happy to come talk to you about your work and the Mobile Web Initiative. We believe that W3C Web standards will play an important role in your communications, and we would like to hear what is most important to you.
See you in Barcelona!