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I have noticed a number of sites when accessed with a mobile browser such as a treo redirect you to a mobile version. Others serve back the normal site and rely on you to access their mobile site.
2) Is there a resource out there which has a listing of web sites along with their mobile freienly URLs?
Depending on the request headers you could write a .htaccess or equivalent rule to redirect the user to a mobile friendly variant of the site.
Some sites also use CSS files with appropriate media types set.
Friday, July 13, 2007
If you make a mobile version, please make sure you provide a way for the user to get to the non-mobile version. Mobile versions are definitely appreciated but it's incredibly annoying as a Windows Mobile user to be forced to a bare bones mobile version of a web site when I have a browser that can handle the full HTML without much difficulty.
Yes, there is a service called WURFL - http://wurfl.sourceforge.net/ - but it's not the most accurate or up to date.
My biggest customer for the past 2.5 years is *very* active in the mobile space so I've learned more than I will ever need... and ended up building the mobile sites for a few big names.
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Here is my own collection of mobile alternatives, I think it's what you're looking for: http://barnabas.wordpress.com/projects/top-mobile-sites/
I agree this is a huge problem and there needs to be some sort of standard for mobile alternates, much like the RSS link standard came about. The problem with content-based solutions like link or meta tags is that by the time the mobile browser can finally read/parse them, too much data has been downloaded and the browser crashes.
Sites like USAToday.com do server-side redirection for mobile clients, but as has been mentioned, that is sometimes less than ideal because of reduced functionality.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
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