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

From: Slim Amamou <slim@alixsys.com>
Date: Tue, 6 Jul 2010 15:23:18 +0100
Message-ID: <AANLkTikcm5lNPvxkpiNet8wak0i_xkwze3VUb8vjaj-q@mail.gmail.com>
To: Prabhas Pokharel <prabhas@mobileactive.org>
Cc: Shwetank Dixit <shwetankd@opera.com>, Prashanth <prashanth@akmin.com>, Stephane Boyera <boyera@w3.org>, "public-mw4d@w3.org" <public-mw4d@w3.org>
Fonts problem is already appropriately solved in HTML5. All major browsers
accept TrueType and OpenType fonts in their last releases. My Android phone
(samsung galaxy spica) has a stripped down browser, but I expect Nexus one
to handle it correctly already.

You can try it here : http://alixsys.com (white on black titles should
display in a stencil font)

On Tue, Jul 6, 2010 at 3:07 PM, Prabhas Pokharel

> Shwetank,
> I got super excited when I heard that, but I just tried browsing those
> sites on Opera Mini 5 beta on my Android phone (Nexus One, running Froyo,
> bought in the US), and the unicode fonts at aajtak.com (or a few other
> sites I tried) don't display properly. If it will after configuration, that
> could be huge!
> Let me know,
> Prabhas
> On Tue, Jul 6, 2010 at 6:16 AM, Shwetank Dixit <shwetankd@opera.com>wrote:
>> This has at least *partly* have to do with the way developers include
>> fonts in web pages. If the page uses Unicode, then at least in Opera Mini
>> and Mobile (and most probably, most other major mobile browsers), there
>> shouldn't be a problem (for example, aajtak.com uses unicode to display
>> hindi fonts, works fine)
>> However, many people use .EOT fonts to display regional indian language
>> text in web pages. The problem with that is that .EOT fonts only work with
>> Internet Explorer, and thus can't be displayed properly even by other
>> desktop browsers, let alone mobile ones.
>> Prashant: I don't know whether the local indian language fonts on
>> mobisitegalore use unicode or not. If it does, and it still doesn't display
>> properly on Opera Mini/mobile, then please let me know off-list, and I'll
>> investigate the issue further.
>> On Tue, 06 Jul 2010 15:20:27 +0530, Stephane Boyera <boyera@w3.org>
>> wrote:
>>  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
>> --
>> Shwetank Dixit
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>> Site Compatibility / Developer Relations / Consumer Products Group
>> Member - W3C Mobile Web for Social Development (MW4D) Group
>> Member - Web Standards Project (WaSP) - International Liaison Group
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Slim Amamou | سليم عمامو
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