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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 15:45:13 +0200
Message-ID: <4C333369.9060201@w3.org>
To: "Chevrollier, N.G. (Nicolas)" <nicolas.chevrollier@tno.nl>
CC: public-mw4d@w3.org

> Just thinking out loud. Is this an issue in other language(s) outside India?

sure. It is an issue for less-spoken languages all over the world. 
almost all local dialects not using latin alphabets have problems. e.g. 
amharic in ethiopia, akan in ghana jsut to cite examples in Africa. 
South-east asia lang. also have similar problems

steph
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>>  -----Original Message-----
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>>  From: public-mw4d-request@w3.org [mailto:public-mw4d-request@w3.org] On
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>>  Behalf Of Prashanth
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>>  Sent: Tuesday, July 06, 2010 4:43 AM
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>>  To: Stephane Boyera; public-mw4d@w3.org
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>>  Subject: Re: After Access  Challenges Facing Mobile-OnlyInternet Users in
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>>  the Developing World
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>>  As far as India is concerned the biggest issue is rendering of local
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>>  language fonts in the mobile browsers. Note that I am not even pointing
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>>  to user having to key in text in local languages, but very unfortunately
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>>  the Indian fonts do not even get displayed in the mobile browser.
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>>  Today we have over 80,000 mobile websites created using our tool
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>>  www.mobisitegalore.com and over 50% come from India, but there is no way
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>>  that they can created a mobile website in Hindi or Tamil because the
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>>  fonts would just not render in the mobile browser.
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>>  This is an important missing link as most people in India cannot read
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>>  English.
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>>  Warm regards
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>>  S.Prashanth
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>>  CEO
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>>  www.akmin.com
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>>  On 05-Jul-2010 5:17 PM, Stephane Boyera wrote:
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>>  > Dear All,
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>>  > i want to share with you a very good paper from S. Gitau, J. Donner
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>>  > and G. Marsden.
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>>  > The paper is attached
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>>  > References are:
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>>  > Gitau, Shikoh, Marsden, Gary, & Donner, Jonathan. (2010). After access
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>>  > - Challenges facing mobile-only internet users in the developing
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>>  > world. Proceedings of the 28th international conference on human
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>>  > factors in computing systems (CHI 2010) (pp. 2603-2606). New York: ACM.
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>>  >
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>>  > One of the first papers i see focusing on the barriers of using mobile
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>>  > web in developing countries by people without PC access and experience.
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>>  > Some good suggestions for operators and other players.
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>>  >
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>>  > Steph
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