XML News from Monday, January 16, 2006

Tomorrow evening (Tuesday) I'll be talking about XOM at the XML Developers Network of the Capital District in Albany, New York. The meeting runs from 6:00 to 8:30 P.M. Everyone's invited.

The W3C has published the last call working draft of Scope of Mobile Web Best Practices 1.0. According to the draft,

The recommendations in this document are intended to improve mobile experience of the Web on mobile devices. While the recommendations are not specifically addressed at the desktop browsing experience it must be understood that they are made in the context of wishing to work towards 'One Web'.

As discussed in [Scope] One Web means making, as far as is reasonable, the same information and services available to users irrespective of the device they are using. However it does not mean that exactly the same information is available in exactly the same way across all devices. Some services and information are more suitable for and targeted at particular user contexts.

Some services have a primarily mobile appeal (location based services, for example). Some have a primarily mobile appeal but have a complementary desktop aspect (perhaps for complex configuration tasks). Still others have a primarily desktop appeal but a complementary mobile aspect (possibly for alerting). Finally there will remain some Web applications which have a primarily desktop appeal (lengthy reference material, rich images, perhaps).

It is likely that application designers and service providers will wish to provide the best possible experience in the context in which their service has the most appeal. However, while services may be most appropriately experienced in one context or another, it is considered best practice to provide a reasonable experience irrespective of the device, and as far as is possible, not to exclude access from any particular class of device.

From the perspective of this document this means that services should be available as some variant of HTML over HTTP.

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