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Re: Mobile, Web and Multi-device

From: Jose Manrique Lopez de la Fuente <jsmanrique@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Sep 2013 14:50:17 +0200
Message-ID: <CAAn8QXqpVvFUyUsTd-azZ4D_CKOiCmU4igsjFkQHkWg0epcojg@mail.gmail.com>
Cc: Web and Mobile IG <public-web-mobile@w3.org>
Hi,

It's hard to give an answer that satisfies everybody.. Thinking on the
short term, "Mobile - Web - Multi-device" could be obviously related with
phones and tablets, but seeing the "new devices" that are coming with web
access (watches and even glasses...), could the "concept" still work? I see
"mobile" more related with movement than with the specific device itself...
Mobile Web is how I access the Web while I am moving, and by "moving" I
mean: walking, on the bus, on the car?, even sit in the sofa?, .. in
opposition to sit on my desk with my fixed computer

Just some thoughts..

-- 
J. Manrique López de la Fuente
http://about.me/jsmanrique


2013/9/17 Dominique Hazael-Massieux <dom@w3.org>

> Hi,
>
> A recent tweet on @w3c_webmob triggered a discussion which touched among
> other things on the scope of mobile, and the scope of this IG:
> https://twitter.com/w3c_webmob/status/379541848953323520
>
> Since this is a topic that will doubtlessly come back on the table
> often, I thought it might be useful to bring the discussion here.
>
> Defining what a mobile device is a certainly a difficult endeavor, full
> of semantic traps; although I think "phone, tablets, and their hybrids"
> is probably a reasonable approximation of what most of us have in mind,
> I think it's probably more useful to look why we talk about "mobile" in
> the first place.
>
> As far as I can tell, the main reason "mobile" is so popular is that it
> combines a number of characteristics:
> * always (or at least, very easily) connected
> * easy to transport
> * easy to start
> * allowing rich interactions
>
> It so happens that these characteristics are today best embodied in
> smartphones and tablets.
>
> But these characteristics also point to a fundamental role that "mobile"
> is set to play in the coming years (as was repeatedly pointed out in the
> twitter thread): it will act as a hub of our connected devices in
> general (as I've tried to highlight in an ALA column back in March [1]).
>
> This becomes particularly interesting because the Web is also acting as
> hub for development, due to its presence on most (if not all) connected
> devices out there.
>
> Part of our goals in this IG is to refine and develop that vision:
>         "Definition of requirements that enable Web technologies to be
>         used to enable cross- and multi-device user experiences."
> http://www.w3.org/2013/07/webmobile-ig-charter.html
>
> There are obviously a lot of open questions in this field (how much
> responsive design can help, how do we enable device discovery, how do we
> compose applications across devices, etc), and only very few early
> answers.
>
> It would be great if this thread could serve as a starting point to
> identify these questions in more details :)
>
> Dom
>
> 1. http://alistapart.com/column/the-web-on-mobile-and-beyond
>
>
>
>
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