Mobile Web for Social Development Roadmap

Posted by AnneryanHeatwole on Nov 16, 2009
Mobile Web for Social Development Roadmap data sheet 3196 Views
Mobile Web For Social Development
Publication Date: 
Nov 2009
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This document aims to help readers understand the current challenges of deploying development-oriented services on mobile phones, evaluate existing technologies, and identify the most promising directions to lower the barriers of developing, deploying and accessing services on mobile phones and thereby creating an enabling environment for more social-oriented services to appear.

This document is divided into two major parts. The first part presents the major challenges today for both developing and accessing mobile services, potential ways to bridge them with existing tools, technologies and infrastructure, and potential research directions to follow to provide a more comprehensive resolution or solution. The second part focuses on presenting the major technologies and the major options existing today to deploy content and applications on mobile phones. For each of these technologies, the document presents a short analysis of the technology's potential and the requirements in terms of infrastructure, devices, targeted end-users, and costs associated with implementation and delivery.

Mobile Web for Social Development Roadmap Released

Posted by KatrinVerclas on Nov 16, 2009

After more than a year's work, the World Wide Web Consortium's Mobile Web for Social Development is releasing its final product: a roadmap that outlines where mobile for social development is today, and will be going in the next few years.

The document is long and dense at times, but highlights a few noteworthy trends and developments.  As with any product developed by committee (and a small committee, in this case - no more than four or five people during the bi-monthly phone calls and drafting process, none of them actual NGO practitioners) this document is lacking specificity and actual relevant use cases, tending to be too esoteric to be useful.

Here are a few highlights of what we liked followed by a discussion of the documents shortcomings.

W3C MobileOK Checker

Posted by PrabhasPokharel on Sep 22, 2009
W3C MobileOK Checker data sheet 5636 Views
Organization that developed the Tool: 
Main Contact: 
Dominique Hazael-Massieux
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All elements of regular html are not appropriate for mobile phone web browsers (which have small screens, hard input methods, and usually low bandwidth). This tool lets you check whether a site is appropriate to be viewed on mobile phones.

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Brief Description: 

This checker performs various tests on a Web Page to determine its level of mobile-friendliness. The tests are defined in the mobileOK Basic Tests 1.0 specification. A Web Page is mobileOK when it passes all the tests. Please refer to the About page for more details.

Tool Category: 
App resides and runs on a server
Key Features : 

Checks whether your site is mobile ready; Given suggestions for improvement if not. Uses W3C's mobileOK Basic Tests 1.0 specification

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Tool Maturity: 
Currently deployed
All phones/Mobile Browser
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