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user-driven access to site formatting options [was: Re: UAWG comment on the Mobile ...]

From: Al Gilman <Alfred.S.Gilman@IEEE.org>
Date: Thu, 9 Feb 2006 13:53:42 -0500
Message-Id: <p06110406c0113e164bfd@[]>
To: w3c-wai-ua@w3.org

I see this as perhaps falling under "server-side techniques" in the 
WCAG WG set of labels.

Should there be a requirement that if a given service has the ability 
to present itself in
pages confomring to this best-practice document on the presuption of 
a vanilla reference
mobile device, that that flavor of the site should be advertised and 
accessible to PWD
on the Internet at large by a) inclusion on a site map for the home 
page, for instance, and
b) by allowing as-for HTTP requests to elicit this particular 
"resource representation" where
the URLs are overloaded and might be big or little pages.

[or do they require URL encoding because the negotiation in HTTP 
metadata is not
sufficiently supported in mobile device browsers?]

This is the topic I had wanted to go to consumer water-cooler 
communities to ask:

"Once upon a time there was a lively trade in blind web users passing 
around the URLs for
the web sites cooked to be cell-phone-friendly.  It turned out that 
these pages were
pretty blind-friendly in the large.  Is this practice still current? 
Have the big pages gotten
better?  Has the markup in mobile pages gotten away from standard 
HTML?  Have the
networks shut down access to the mobile-targeted pages?  Or is this 
an ongoing practice?"

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