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STANDARD: W3C issues Mobile Device spec
Posted by Arne Hess - on Friday, 16.01.04 - 11:32:56 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 6717x
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internetnetnews.com is reporting about an initiative of the W3C to introduce web standards for mobiles devices:

"The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) today recommended a standard to help handheld computers and smartphones communicate with Web servers about displaying content. The schema, the Composite Capability/Preference Profiles (CC/PP): Structure and Vocabularies 1.0 (CC/PP 1.0, is a system for expressing device features and user preferences using the Resource Description Framework (RDF), a spec that makes Web applications work with Web servers.

CC//PP is being shepherded by a W3C working group that includes Ericsson, Nokia and Sun Microsystems. While many rich applications using XML or XHTML run on a host of devices from different vendors, they don't all provide access to Web content because there was, until now, no standard language to communicate that data, W3C spokeswoman Janet Daly said."

Honestly that makes me a kind of wonder and also nuts! Sure there was and still is a standard for mobile devices to communicate with web contents, this standard is called WAP which was introduced by the WAP Forum several years ago and is now covered by OMA (Open Mobile Alliance). I know, many of you don't believe in WAP but it still has its place - because the WAP Forum already thought about displaying Internet content on mobile devices with limited screen capabilities, when the W3C was working for Web standards for Desktop PCs only.
Doesn't matter if the environment which WAP runs (the GSM carrier) with is the right one or not, the standard exists and was already enhanced with WAP 2.0 which is also based on xhtml and rather then introducing another one. I would prefer to see the WAP standard is improved to make it a better Web feeling and user experience - together with the W3C which also worked on the WAP 2.0 standard. So why to introduce another one?

Sometimes these standardization discussion really makes me sick and often I have to think it's about protecting the own walled garden only! :-(

Cheers ~ Arne

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