Mobile Web Authoring Current Status

This page summarizes the relationships among specifications, whether they are finished standards or drafts. Below, each title links to the most recent version of a document.

Completed Work

W3C Recommendations have been reviewed by W3C Members, by software developers, and by other W3C groups and interested parties, and are endorsed by the Director as Web Standards. Learn more about the W3C Recommendation Track.

Group Notes are not standards and do not have the same level of W3C endorsement.



Mobile Web Application Best Practices

This document specifies best practices for the development and delivery of Web applications on mobile devices.


W3C mobileOK Basic Tests 1.0

This document defines the tests that provide the basis for making a claim of W3C® mobileOK™ Basic conformance and are based on W3C Mobile Web Best Practices [Best Practices]. The details of how to claim mobileOK conformance will be described separately. Providers of content which passes the tests have taken some steps to provide a functional user experience for users of basic mobile devices whose capabilities at least match those of the Default Delivery Context (DDC).

mobileOK Basic primarily assesses basic usability, efficiency and interoperability. It does not address the important goal of assessing whether users of more advanced devices enjoy a richer user experience than is possible using the DDC.


Mobile Web Best Practices 1.0

This document specifies Best Practices for delivering Web content to mobile devices. The principal objective is to improve the user experience of the Web when accessed from such devices.

The recommendations refer to delivered content and not to the processes by which it is created, nor to the devices or user agents to which it is delivered.

It is primarily directed at creators, maintainers and operators of Web sites. Readers of this document are expected to be familiar with the creation of Web sites, and to have a general familiarity with the technologies involved, such as Web servers and HTTP. Readers are not expected to have a background in mobile-specific technologies.

Group Notes


Mobile Web for Social Development Roadmap


Extended Guidelines for Mobile Web Best Practices 1.0

This document supplements the Mobile Web Best Practices 1.0 by providing additional evaluatio ns of conformance to Best Practice statements and by providing additional interpret ations of these statements.


W3C mobileOK Scheme 1.0

The mobileOK scheme allows content providers to promote their content as being suitable for use on very basic mobile devices.


Relationship between Mobile Web Best Practices (MWBP) and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)

This technical report describes the similarities and differences between the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) and the Mobile Web Best Practices 1.0.


Scope of Mobile Web Best Practices

The Scope of Mobile Web Best Practices identifies the nature of problems that made the Web unattractive for most mobile users, and outlines the scope of work that needed to be undertaken.


HTML 4.0 Guidelines for Mobile Access


Below are draft documents: other Working Drafts . Some of these may become Web Standards through the W3C Recommendation Track process. Others may be published as Group Notes or become obsolete specifications.

Other Working Drafts


Mobile Accessibility: How WCAG 2.0 and Other W3C/WAI Guidelines Apply to Mobile

Mobile Accessibility: How WCAG 2.0 and Other W3C/WAI Guidelines Apply to Mobile” describes how the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 and its principles, guidelines, and success criteria can be applied to mobile web content, mobile web apps, native apps, and hybrid apps using web components inside native apps. It provides informative guidance, but does not set requirements. It also highlights the relevance of the User Agent Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 in the mobile context.


Points of Interest Core

The Points of Interest Core describes a data model and XML syntax for representing information about points of interest on the World Wide Web.

Obsolete Specifications

These specifications have either been superseded by others, or have been abandoned. They remain available for archival purposes, but are not intended to be used.



DeviceOrientation Event Specification

This specification defines several new DOM event types that provide information about the physical orientation and motion of a hosting device.