My colleague, Kirk Tang, who is MobileAware’s general manager in the Asia-Pacific region presents in Hong Kong this week in the W3C’s MWI seminar series, this time as part of the 3G World Congress. Once again we’ve chosen the title of “Embracing Device Diversity” to further emphasise our view that diversity is a positive thing. No doubt Kirk will have his own thoughts to add to the flavour of the presentation.
W3C is well represented at the event, but there are only two corporate participants: MobileAware and Opera. Opera were also with us at the Paris event a while back. You’d think the bigger players in the MWI would like to [click title to read more…]
Today, my colleague in Paris is delivering a presentation entitled “Embracing Device Diversity” as part of the W3C’s MWI seminar. It shows how having device descriptions can make it possible to build adaptation solutions that will enable content work on mobile devices.
People will wonder why this hasn’t already been done. The simple fact is that nobody thought of it before. Sure, the OMA (evolved from the WAP Forum) have ways to represent some device properties, but no single place to access them when you need them. The WURFL community has a collection of device information of varying quality/origin, but also available only as a big document you download and refresh on occassions.
When I first got involved in this [click title to read more…]
The W3C has a stand at this year’s 3GSM World Congress. We held a big meeting about two months ago in which we proposed to set up a Mobile Web Initiative to address the needs of the mobile Web. The most pressing problem, as far as I can see, is the inability of most people to author for the mobile Web because to do so successfully you need some form of adaptation. Adaptation only works if you have some idea of the characteristics of the device to which you are sending content. Unfortunately, descriptions of mobile devices are hard to come by. MobileAware invests a lot of time and effort gathering such information to feed its own adaptation technology, so [click title to read more…]
The W3C Device Independence Working Group (in which I’m proud to be a participant) has just published an update of the DI Glossary, a set of terms that are intended for use in DI documents, and any other documents that cover DI issues.