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Re: Accessing Mobile Sites

From: Klaus <hoeller_klaus@yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2005 22:48:35 -0700 (PDT)
Message-ID: <20050915054835.5461.qmail@web53110.mail.yahoo.com>
To: www-mobile@w3.org


The problem is, that people have to remember two
seperate URLs, one for normal and one for mobile
access. This would make mobile access cumbersome.
A lot of Advertisement, television, ... promote URLs
as instant customer access.  In this case it would be
very difficult to promote two URL's.

The best idea is one entry point, i.e. one URL for
every device. The web server has to choose the right
view depending on the device. Additionaly the web
server could adapt the web sites(images) for different
display resolutions (e.g. 320x240 or 640x480). 

At the moment a lot of pages has problems with
determining mobile devices, but they still working on
it. For example see: google.com , yahoo.com , msn.com 

Klaus Hoeller
> 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
> 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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