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Re: Accessing Mobile Sites

From: Gerhard Fasol <fasol@eurotechnology.com>
Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2005 07:58:16 +0900
Message-ID: <4328AB08.1050209@eurotechnology.com>
To: Scott Weiss <sweiss@usableproducts.com>
Cc: www-mobile@w3.org

In Japan QR-Codes are used for quick access to websites with
mobile phones. If you go to Japan, you'll find QR codes
everywhere, see:
http://fasol.com/blog/2005/07/qr-codes-everywhere.html
http://fasol.com/blog/2005/01/qr-codes-everywhere.html
http://www.eurotechnology.com/store/qr-code/

Gerhard Fasol
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Gerhard Fasol, PhD                          Eurotechnology Japan K. K.
http://fasol.com/                       http://www.eurotechnology.com/
g.fasol@ieee.org                              fasol@eurotechnology.com
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Scott Weiss wrote:
> 
> This thread is meant to be a discussion about accessing mobile web sites 
> from phones.
> 
> Entering URLs into mobile phones is problematic at best. Even on phones 
> with QWERTY keypads, most URLs are fiddly to enter. I'd like to 
> recommend a standard for mobile site URL entry: start with a star ('*') 
> and the rest of the entry indicates a URL. That URL would be all digits, 
> and could be a pseudonym for a text-based URL.
> 
> For example--and this is a desktop web example--'www.thetube.com' takes 
> one to 'http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tube/'.
> 
> As a suggestion, "*8823", otherwise known as "*TUBE", could take one to 
> the mobile version. The phone could translate "*8823" to 
> "http://www.8823.mobi" or "http://www.tube.mobi". If not the ".mobi" 
> domain, there could be a universal lookup (DNS?) that is overseen by the 
> W3C to translate *number sites to full URLs.
> 
> What do others think of this idea?
> 
> Scott Weiss
> Principal, Usable Products Company: usableproducts.com (212.929.8599)
> Author, "Handheld Usability": handheldusability.com
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Gerhard Fasol, PhD                          Eurotechnology Japan K. K.
http://fasol.com/                       http://www.eurotechnology.com/
g.fasol@ieee.org                              fasol@eurotechnology.com
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