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

From: Prashanth <prashanth@akmin.com>
Date: Tue, 06 Jul 2010 08:12:48 +0530
Message-ID: <4C329828.4080601@akmin.com>
To: Stephane Boyera <boyera@w3.org>, "public-mw4d@w3.org" <public-mw4d@w3.org>
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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