W3C issues Mobile Web Best Practices

Attempts are being made at ways to improve the mobile browsing experience with new .mobi domain names, improved web browsers, and properly formatted sites. The W3C issued guidelines to help standardize strategies to improve the mobile internet.

W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) is the group that develops web standards and I was pleased to read the press release announcing new global guidelines for experiencing the internet on mobile devices. The guidelines, called Mobile Web Best Practices, is a candidate recommendation document and the W3C encourages people to implement the standards. The document provides details on navigation and links, page layout and content, page definition (including frames, style sheets, etc.), and user input. It is fairly extensive and detailed and if all the guidelines were followed I am sure mobile browsing would be a much more pleasant experience. Thanks to All About Symbian for the news.

I do have to say though, that the mobile browsing experience on the new S60 Third Edition devices has been very enjoyable. This new browser, based on the Apple Safari open source code, brings almost full desktop browsing functionality to mobile devices. It may take a bit of getting used to the way the cursor scrolls around the page in a "map" view, but once you get the hang of it then you will see how awesome it is. I especially like the Visual History feature that gives you a thumbnail view of your browsing history for quick navigation.