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Social Networking Workshop Report — 3 February 2009

On January 15, I woke up early in the morning from a dream where one of the presenters of the Workshop on the Future of Social Networking, that was to start that day and that I was co-chairing, was asking me to find a tape player so that she could accompany her presentation with a dance. I probably realized this was a dream when a tape player was mentioned - I guess my subconscious still need to catch up with the digital music era.

I don't know if I should be happy or sorry that this didn't actually happen, but I am quite happy with the two days of the great discussions at the workshop, and the plans we have started to make to follow-up on these points.

We've just released today the report that summarizes the discussions and conclusions of the workshop (with an accompanying press release), but it's hard to make justice in a few pages to all the energy and rich exchanges that went on during the meeting among the 90 or so participants, fed by the 72 submitted papers.

Among the identified next steps, the creation of one or more Incubator Groups to continue to work initiated on interoperability mapping, privacy best practices, and decentralized architectures is moving ahead, supported by the ongoing discussions in the publicly archived mailing list <>, where already 80 people have subscribed to follow up generally on the conversations started in the workshop.

If that topic is of interest to you, make sure to join that list, and stay tuned as the concrete next steps are being implemented!

by Dominique Hazael-Massieux in News, Events Permalink

Return of the Mobile Style Sheet in A List Apart — 6 January 2009

An article I wrote on the use of style sheets targetting mobile devices, titled Return of the Mobile Style Sheet, is published today in A List Apart.

It gives some practical advices on how to combine CSS Media Types, CSS Media Queries with a bit of tooling help from Javascript and server-side filtering, to create a mobile-friendly CSS layout that will work across a large number of devices.

by Dominique Hazael-Massieux in News Permalink

2008 mobile web standards fireworks — 5 January 2009

During the past two weeks, W3C Working Groups released no less than four specifications that are expected to have a big impact on the Web on mobile devices in the coming months:

  • SVG 1.2 Tiny, the newest version of the popular scalable vector graphics format, adapted to the limitations of mobile devices, was published as a W3C Recommendation (i.e. a standard); it offers a whole new set of features that are sure to make the Mobile Web experience even more appealing, as more and more mobile browsers support SVG (including the iPhone);
  • the Web Applications Working Group published a last call working draft of Widgets 1.0: Packaging and Configuration, the first of a series of specifications in development to harmonize the very fragmented market for widgets engines;
  • the Mobile Web Best Practices Working Group released a new draft of its Mobile Web Application Best Practices, collecting tips and advices on how to develop widgets and web applications targeted at mobile devices;
  • the newly formed Geolocation Working Group released its first public working draft of the Geolocation API, allowing Web developers to get location information through a javascript API.

2008 also saw earlier the release of the Mobile Web Best Practices, mobileOK Basic, and the Device Description Repository Simple API as W3C Recommendations - let's hope that 2009 will be as rich and productive!

Happy new year to our readers!

by Dominique Hazael-Massieux in News Permalink

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