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

From: Nadeem Akhtar <nadeem@cewit.org.in>
Date: Tue, 6 Jul 2010 16:35:05 +0530
To: "'Stephane Boyera'" <boyera@w3.org>, "'Prashanth'" <prashanth@akmin.com>
Cc: <public-mw4d@w3.org>
Message-ID: <008a01cb1cfb$17a43e80$46ecbb80$@org.in>
Hi Stephane, Prashanth,

The issue of rendering in Indian languages is definitely an important one.
I have been part of a Special Interest Group on Indian Language SMS and part
of our work has focussed on input methods and rendering of Indian languages
on mobile devices. I can share some of the ideas that we have worked upon as
part of this effort.

Regards,
Nadeem


Nadeem Akhtar
Centre of Excellence in Wireless Technology (CEWiT)
III Floor, IITM Research Park,
Kanagam Road, Taramani,
Chennai - 600 113, India

Ph: +91-44-66469209




-----Original Message-----
From: public-mw4d-request@w3.org [mailto:public-mw4d-request@w3.org] On
Behalf Of Stephane Boyera
Sent: 06 July 2010 15:20
To: Prashanth
Cc: public-mw4d@w3.org
Subject: Re: After Access – Challenges Facing Mobile-OnlyInternet Users in
the Developing World

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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