The Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C) has published best practice guidelines for designing websites to be viewed on mobile devices.
At present the web does not work particularly well on mobile devices, although almost two-thirds of devices have web browsing capabilities.
The guidelines, Mobile Web Best Practices 1.0, aim to offer practical advice on creating content that will work well on mobiles, avoiding pitfalls such as pop-ups and page-scrolling, which can cause problems for mobile users. They were drawn up by a W3C working group with representation from 30 organisations, including AOL, AT&T, Ericsson, Google, Microsoft, Nokia and Vodafone.
Website and content management system designers are invited to test the guidelines, and a collaborative “wiki” document has been set up to collect observations and suggestions on techniques and implementation experience.
Working group chair Daniel Appelquist said, “There are many devices, but one web. Practical guidelines on how to create content once that can be delivered to the plethora of devices saves developers and organisations time and money, and has the added benefit of not breaking the web.”
Last month the sale of .mobi web domains began, in a move aimed at encouraging users to visit websites designed to be viewed on mobiles.