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Mobile Web Initiative Activity Statement

W3C’s Mobile Web Initiative addresses issues of interoperability and usability for the mobile Web through a concerted effort of key players in the mobile production chain, including authoring tool vendors, content providers, handset manufacturers, browser vendors and mobile operators.

Mobile Web access has many advantages. Unlike the fixed Web, the mobile Web goes where you go. No longer do you have to remember to do something on the Web when you get back to your computer. You can do it immediately, within the context that made you want to use the Web in the first place.

With mobile devices, the Web reaches a much wider audience, and at all times in all situations. It has the opportunity to reach into places where wires cannot go, to places previously unthinkable (e.g., providing medical information to mountain rescue scenes) and to accompany everyone as easily as they carry the time in their wristwatches.

Moreover, today, many more people have access to mobile devices than access to a desktop computer. This is very significant in developing countries, where Web-capable mobile devices may play a similar role for deploying widespread Web access as the mobile phone has played for providing “plain old telephone service”.

Currently, the Mobile Web Initiative is focusing on the usage of the mobile Web for social development, and the supervision of work related to mobile devices across W3C groups.

Highlights Since the Previous Advisory Committee Meeting

The Mobile Web Application Best Practices, the next generation of guidelines developed by the Mobile Web Best Practices Working Group, were published as a W3C Recommendation in December 2010.

Having fulfilled its chartered goals, the Mobile Web Best Practices Working Group was closed at the end of December 2010.

The Mobile Web for Social Development Interest Group, under its renewed charter, has started working on the various challenges identified in its roadmap, with particular efforts around the identification of tools relevant in this space, of criteria to measure the impact of MW4D projects, and on the most relevant business models in this space.

A fourth workshop on Mobile and Web Technologies in Social and Economic Development is being organized in collaboration with the Web Foundation, to be held in June 2011 in Tanzania.

Starting September 1st 2010, MWI is receiving support by the EU commission as part of the MobiWebAPP ICT project, which supports work on outreach, training, testing and standardization support.

Upcoming Activity Highlights

The Interest Group on Mobile Web for Social Development will continue its work on the new various deliverables on its roadmap.

Summary of Activity Structure

GroupChairTeam ContactCharter
Web and Mobile Interest Group
Marcos Caceres, Natasha RooneyDominique Hazaël-MassieuxChartered until 31 August 2015

This Activity Statement was prepared for TPAC 2014 per section 5 of the W3C Process Document. Generated from group data.

Dominique Hazaël-Massieux, Mobile Web Initiative Activity Lead

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