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Re: Overview of W3C technologies for mobile Web applications

From: Charles Pritchard <chuck@jumis.com>
Date: Tue, 08 Mar 2011 21:14:29 -0800
Message-ID: <4D770CB5.1080604@jumis.com>
To: Somnath Chandra <schandra@mit.gov.in>
CC: Richard Ishida <ishida@w3.org>, Dominique Hazael-Massieux <dom@w3.org>, 'public-webapps' <public-webapps@w3.org>, boyera@w3.org, Swaran Lata <slata@mit.gov.in>
InkML is a development relevant to mobile Web.
Tablets and other input-rich devices are gaining in acceptance (and 
becoming easier to purchase).

InkML is one of the few specs to put forward both a stream-based and 
archive-oriented format.

We'll be using it to serialize input between devices, recording time, 
and pressure data when available.

In relation to font rendering: though standard dialects and scripts are 
widely supported,
non-standard usage, personal usage, experimental / artistic expression 
are not part of the package.

That's an area where InkML will intersect with mobile rendering of 
linguistic data.
InkML and VoiceXML provide a standard means to transcribe language.
That's great for researchers and anthropologists.

The programmable canvas tag and audio tags, associated with the img tag 
and audio/video sources,
provide scientists with a standard structure to render transcribed 
vocalizations and movements.
InkML and VoiceXML enable their transcription.

The mobile web refers to sensor-rich, portable devices; two things which 
computers
generally aren't. Laptops are a kludge to carry, and sensor-rich devices 
are generally
used in scientific labs, not consumer desktops.

Pressure sensitive computing tablets have been available for years, but 
they did not gain wide acceptance
nor support. It was recent touch-based mobile devices which introduced 
the web to sensory-rich computing.

-Charles


On 3/8/2011 8:41 PM, Somnath Chandra wrote:
> Hi Richards,
> Thanks for the input. Yes we are aware of the work and investigating 
> Indian Language /Scripts Complexities on that platform also. Certainly 
> our idea is not to redo the same work and  to address specific issues 
> of each Indic languages.
>
> Best Regards,
> Somnath
>
> On 03/08/11, *Richard Ishida *<ishida@w3.org> wrote:
>>
>> On 08/03/2011 15:08, Somnath Chandra wrote:
>> >We have already started working on Mobile Rendering Engine and Fonts
>> >development which would enable seamless display across platforms and
>> >devices.
>>
>> That's interesting.  Did you know about work currently under way 
>> involving Harfbuz to provide a small, universal rendering engine that 
>> can be used on mobile devices and other kinds of OS to do opentype 
>> rendering? [1]   Are you working on the same thing?  I'd hate to 
>> think that you are reinventing the wheel such that different systems 
>> are needed for different fonts...
>>
>> RI
>>
>>
>> [1] http://behdad.org/text/
>>
>> -- 
>> Richard Ishida
>> Internationalization Activity Lead
>> W3C (World Wide Web Consortium)
>>
>> http://www.w3.org/International/
>> http://rishida.net/
>
> -- 
> Dr. Somnath Chandra
> Scientist-D
> Dept. of Information Technology
> Govt. of India
> Tel:+91-11-24364744,24301811
> Fax: +91-11-24363099
> e-mail :schandra@mit.gov.in
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