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Go mobile, be mobileOK! — 9 December 2008

Generating Web sites that provide a good user experience on desktops is tricky. Add a few mobile constraints (smaller screen size, limited memory, limited bandwidth, lots of distinct mobile devices) and the task becomes impossible but for a few mobile experts, leaving the vast majority of Web content authors wish there was some easy way to make their content available on mobile devices without having to think too much about it.

mobileOKThere is! The mobileOK mark was developed by the W3C Mobile Web Best Practices working group to make Web content authoring that takes mobile constraints into account one click away from "regular" Web content authoring. With the publication of the W3C mobileOK Basic Tests 1.0 specification as a final W3C Recommendation, the Version 1.0 of the online W3C mobileOK Checker tool was released yesterday to help make that dream come true.

The new version features a number of improvements, including:

  • New view per category: reports follow a hierarchical pattern that best matches the usual areas authors address while generating content: Structure of the page, Style sheets, Images, Links, ...
  • Clearer messages: highly technical tests returned highly technical messages. The new messages are intended to be clear for everyone and help educate authors on mobile Web best practices where possible.
  • Score: a bit not mobileOK or far from being mobileOK? The Checker returns a score to give a sense of the level of mobile-friendliness of the content under test. Improve your content to improve your score!
  • Page size and number of resources: to render a page, browsers usually need to retrieve a a bunch of resources. How many? The size and number of the different constituents of the page (e.g. images, style sheets) is now highlighted.

The W3C mobileOK Checker is based on the open-source mobileOK Checker Java library developed by the Mobile Web Best Practices working group.

Help the Web go mobile, use mobileOK tools, use the W3C mobileOK Checker!

by Francois Daoust in News Permalink

Dan Appelquist on W3C Q&A Blog — 25 November 2008

Dan Appelquist, co-chair of the Mobile Web Best Practices Working Group, founder of Mobile Monday London, Vodafone's W3C Advisory Committee Representative, is answering a few questions on his views on the Mobile Web, Widgets, Content Transformation, Life and Everything on the W3C Q&A blog.

by Dominique Hazael-Massieux in News Permalink

Extended deadline to submit position papers to workshop on the Future of Social Netorking — 20 November 2008

We have just announced that the deadline to send (1 to 5 pages long )position papers for the W3C Workshop on the Future of Social Networking has been extended to 3 December 2008 - the initial deadline ended today.

This is a great opportunity to take some time and put your ideas on even just one page. Be part of this exciting workshop! We got a flow of excellent submissions so far, so do participate and we guarantee that you'll spend two days in excellent company with your peers and future partners!

If you really can't send us a position paper, there is another way to participate in this highly visible workshop: sponsor it! We offer a wide range of benefits and one of them is a great visibility of your what your business is. Choose your level of participation and have your organization logo displayed on the W3C home page (300 000 page views per day!) and/or the W3C Mobile Web Initiative Web page, and many more.

Do not miss it! and looking forward to meeting you in Barcelona.

by Dominique Hazael-Massieux in News, Events Permalink

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