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Re: After Access – Challenges Facing Mobile-OnlyInternet Users in the Developing World

From: Stephane Boyera <boyera@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 06 Jul 2010 11:50:27 +0200
Message-ID: <4C32FC63.8070700@w3.org>
To: Prashanth <prashanth@akmin.com>
CC: "public-mw4d@w3.org" <public-mw4d@w3.org>
Hi Prashanth,

This is a very good point. I believe that there is not much attention 
from the I18N community on the support of languages in mobile browser. 
This is something that i've on my agenda. As a first step i discussed 
recently with a colleague and we will develop a doc around the key 
elements to deliver content in a specific languages.

Steph

Le 06/07/2010 04:42, Prashanth a écrit :
> Dear Stephane,
>
> As far as India is concerned the biggest issue is rendering of local
> language fonts in the mobile browsers. Note that I am not even pointing
> to user having to key in text in local languages, but very unfortunately
> the Indian fonts do not even get displayed in the mobile browser.
> Today we have over 80,000 mobile websites created using our tool
> www.mobisitegalore.com and over 50% come from India, but there is no way
> that they can created a mobile website in Hindi or Tamil because the
> fonts would just not render in the mobile browser.
> This is an important missing link as most people in India cannot read
> English.
>
> Warm regards
> S.Prashanth
> CEO
> www.akmin.com
>
>
>
> On 05-Jul-2010 5:17 PM, Stephane Boyera wrote:
>> Dear All,
>> i want to share with you a very good paper from S. Gitau, J. Donner
>> and G. Marsden.
>> The paper is attached
>> References are:
>> Gitau, Shikoh, Marsden, Gary, & Donner, Jonathan. (2010). After access
>> - Challenges facing mobile-only internet users in the developing
>> world. Proceedings of the 28th international conference on human
>> factors in computing systems (CHI 2010) (pp. 2603-2606). New York: ACM.
>>
>> One of the first papers i see focusing on the barriers of using mobile
>> web in developing countries by people without PC access and experience.
>> Some good suggestions for operators and other players.
>>
>> Steph

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