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The Path to Mobile Web Zen — 29 July 2008

Some good news around mobile! W3C published the Mobile Web Best Practices 1.0 and XHTML Basic 1.1 as W3C Recommendations. Read the press release and testimonials.

Mobile Web Best Practices 1.0 reaches stability

The document is the result of lots of discussions between experienced mobile Web stakeholders carried in the Mobile Web Best Practices Working Group. It has been reviewed by W3C Members and the community at large in various occasions. The best practices defined in the document are not just another set of best practices. They reflect a carefully built consensus on best practices deemed essential to the development of content for the Mobile Web.

The Best Practices primarily address the authoring and delivery of Mobile Web pages. The Working Group felt that another version was needed that targets the growing market of Mobile Web Applications. It started working on this new set of best practices, released as a First Public Working Draft today under the (somehow not very surprising) title of Mobile Web Application Best Practices. Your feedback is more than welcome!

XHTML Basic 1.1 brings harmony

XHTML Basic 1.1 is the preferred format specification of the Mobile Web Best Practices. What's probably even more important, it marks the full convergence with XHTML MP 1.2, developed by the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA).

Relax, the mobileOK Checker is here to help

Out of the Mobile Web Best Practices, the Mobile Web Best Practices Working Group extracted the best practices that could be automatically checked and developed the mobileOK Checker as an open source Java library. The Checker is a companion tool that helps assert that a Web page follows some of the best practices.

It is still in beta for the time being, but we are actively working on fixing the remaining bugs and are getting close to release a version 1.0. You may give it a try through the online beta version of the W3C mobileOK Basic Checker and report bugs to the public-mobileok-checker@w3.org public mailing-list.

by Francois Daoust in News Permalink

Creating mobileOK content — 30 June 2008

mobileOK Basic is hopefully nearing the end of its travel along the W3C Recommendation track; to validate this, the Working Group needs to prove that mobileOK is indeed being deployed in a variety of ways.

To that end, we have starting collecting information on sites and tools that do implement mobileOK, and it is in that process that I stumbed upon HAWHAW (standing for "HTML and WML hybrid adapted Webserver"), a PHP-based transcoder used by the official mobile version of Wikipedia.

(As it happens, Wikipedia has several documented mobile versions, two of which at least were already mobileOK)

After having quickly run the said mobile version in the mobileOK checker and seeing two very simple errors (a missing namespace and missing dimensions of images in the markup), I got in touch with Norbert Huffschmid, the maintainer of HAWHAW to see if these two simple problems could be fixed in the transcoder itself, and sure, enough, a few hours later, the release 5.20 of HAWHAW was announced with improved support for generating mobileOK Basic content! What a service!

I have started to maintain as part of our MWI Developers' corner a list of tools and CMS that facilitates the creation of mobileOK content - if you know of more of these tools, please let me know (dom@w3.org)!

by Dominique Hazael-Massieux in Current state Permalink

mobileOK checker bookmarklet now available! — 15 June 2008

A bookmarklet that makes it easier to use the mobileOK checker is now available from the Mobile Web Initiative Developers' Corner (in the "Tools" section).

by Philipp Hoschka in Current state Permalink

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