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

From: Henri Asseily <hasseily@telnic.org>
Date: Tue, 6 Jul 2010 17:02:42 +0300
CC: Nadeem Akhtar <nadeem@cewit.org.in>, 'Prashanth' <prashanth@akmin.com>, "public-mw4d@w3.org" <public-mw4d@w3.org>
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To: Stephane Boyera <boyera@w3.org>
And of course if everyone could agree on the SMS URI scheme (RFC 5724) that would really go a long way towards providing meaningful, ubiquitous services with SMS.

On Jul 6, 2010, at 4:29 PM, Stephane Boyera wrote:

> Hi Nadeem,
> 
> yes, if you have documents or info about to manage I18N issues on SMS, 
> this is surely very interesting for the group (at least for me).
> 
> Best
> STephane
> 
> Le 06/07/2010 13:05, Nadeem Akhtar a écrit :
>> 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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