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Mobile Websites

October 28, 2009

I was thinking about this today as I watched one of my co-workers check a website which posted funny pictures on his iPhone today:  What special considerations need to be addressed when designing a website that can be accessed by a mobile unit.  Its getting to the point (arguably we might already be there) where people access the web as much through their phones as they do their computers.  Yet, as I watched my co-worker try to view a website that was not all designed to be viewed on the small screen of his phone, its clear that most websites are not designed with mobile viewing in mind.

The first articleI looked at gives an overview of how to design a mobile website. It gives some tips and the starting code. There are some interesting things to consider when designing a mobile website as opposed to a basic website. Ex. Phones don’t have Back buttons.

As a compliment to that article, I also looked over what the W3C had to say about it. There is a ton of information there.

It reminded me of a very important point both for web design AND as a library and information professional: always think of your end user first. How are they going to access your information?

Just as we need test how our sites look on different Browsers, we also need to test to see how our sites look on different devices.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Jen Lorenzen permalink
    October 31, 2009 11:30 am

    Good points about mobile devices. I noticed the other day when looking around the W3C website that they have choices for desktop, mobile, and print at the top of each page. And if you shrink the window far enough, the page automatically switches to mobile view. Very cool.

  2. clementmunns permalink
    November 2, 2009 12:10 pm

    We will doing this in week13 assignment. Good resource!

    check this link as well:

    http://perishablepress.com/press/2009/08/02/the-5-minute-css-mobile-makeover/

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