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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>

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

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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