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W3C blesses "Mobile Web Best Practices"

Chris Ziegler

Anyone who's tried to browse a traditional website on their smartphone knows that it can be a somewhat trying experience, even with the best mobile browsers available. Navigation can be tricky, images are too big, and white space isn't formatted properly for the small screen. The World Wide Web Consortium this week has issued its "Mobile Web Best Practices" document in near-final form, giving webmasters -- webmasters who value their mobile audience, that is -- a series of guidelines for ensuring a less frustrating experience when your N91-toting viewers log in. The document has some teeth, too, having earned sign-offs from Ericsson, Google, Microsoft, Nokia, NTT DoCoMo, Opera and Vodafone, among many others. Now we can only ask that manufacturers bundle the beefy browsers to meet the standards halfway, and we might just have a chance at a positive experience.

[Via Mobiledia]

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