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

From: Chevrollier, N.G. (Nicolas) <nicolas.chevrollier@tno.nl>
Date: Tue, 6 Jul 2010 15:37:27 +0200
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To: "Prashanth" <prashanth@akmin.com>, "Stephane Boyera" <boyera@w3.org>, <public-mw4d@w3.org>
Just thinking out loud. Is this an issue in other language(s) outside
India?

Best,

Nicolas

 

 

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> -----Original Message-----

> From: public-mw4d-request@w3.org [mailto:public-mw4d-request@w3.org]
On

> Behalf Of Prashanth

> Sent: Tuesday, July 06, 2010 4:43 AM

> To: Stephane Boyera; public-mw4d@w3.org

> Subject: Re: After Access - Challenges Facing Mobile-OnlyInternet
Users in

> the Developing World

> 

> 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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