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Re: Mobile Devices
From: Geof Collis
Date: Nov 20, 2009 2:05PM
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Thanks! Now my head hurts. :O)
At 08:51 AM 11/20/2009, you wrote:
>These are all good resources however I'd be cautious about basing your
>mobile web development on testing for just one platform / browser.
>There are a lot of browsers out there and contrary to perception we
>aren't all using iPhones. In fact Statcounter logs Opera as the most
>popular browser worldwide for October 2008 to November 2009
> and in Asia iPhone fall well behind Opera and Nokia
> (Disclaimer: I wok for Opera).
>There are many, many handsets and many platforms and browsers out
>there we need to think about and as such many tools. This makes for a
>slight headache for the designer as it's hard to know what the
>baseline set of capabilities are for any given mobile browser. If you
>throw into the mix that the platform they operate on may impact on
>their baseline capabilities (how they render fonts, colour etc) this
>can start to look complex.
>I always l keep in mind the following when designing for the mobile web:
>* Aim for one website (avoid .mobi or iPhone only sites) where possible
>* Build using web standards (build once works anywhere)
>* Use CSS 2.1 media types and consider CSS3 media queries
>* Use progressive enhancement. Build for low end handset and browser
>combinations and add in more robust capabilities, layout, design over
>Some additional testing tools and resources are:
>* Mobile web development articles from Dev Opera
>* Opera Dragonfly http://www.opera.com/dragonfly/ This allows you to
>remote debug web pages for mobile from the comfort of your desktop
>* MicroEmulator http://www.microemu.org/
>* Opera Mini Emulator http://www.opera.com/mini/demo/
>Hope that helps.
>On 19 Nov 2009, at 21:29, John E. Brandt wrote:
> > There are lots found by Googling "safari iphone emulator." Here are a
> > couple:
> > http://www.testiphone.com/
> > http://iphonetester.com/
> > BTW, I think they both require Safari.
> > Before I had an iPod Touch (which I recommend purchasing for testing
> > anyway), I used a Safari plugin called iPhoney
> > http://www.marketcircle.com/iphoney/ on one of my Macs.
> > I suspect you will start to see a trend where folks will be installing
> > adaptive themes to their CMS which will convert your website into a
> > "mobile
> > ready" theme which looks and behaves like a real iPhone/iPod app.
> > Read my
> > discussion and review of a WordPress theme-like plugin called WPtouch
> > http://jebswebs.net/blog/2009/11/very-cool-wp-plug-in/ Very cool
> > indeed.
> > BTW, I did not address other smartphones and mobile browsers, but I
> > suspect
> > that they will start to converge in the not too distant future and
> > will
> > probably look more and more like the Safari iPhone/iPod browser
> > since they
> > own a large share of the market and have become the standard to
> > which all
> > the mobile phone makers seem to want to meet or beat.
> > ~j
> > John E. Brandt
> > jebswebs.com
> > Augusta, ME USA
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> > www.jebswebs.com
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> > [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Geof Collis
> > Sent: Thursday, November 19, 2009 3:23 PM
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> > Subject: [WebAIM] Mobile Devices
> > Hi All
> > Does anyone know of a website or application where I can view my
> > website as if I was using a mobile device? I dont mean screen shots,
> > I mena an actual experience.
> > Currently I have a style sheet that a user can click on to render it
> > for mobile devices but I'm checking into a WordPress plugin that will
> > automatically detect mobile devices and serve up an appropriate style
> > sheet, I want to see how it renders as I dont use any.
> > Also, If anyone with a mobile device has time can you go to
> > www.badeyes.com and click on the "mobile" link at the top of the page
> > and see how it looks? It's based on a Joe Clark tutorial.
> > cheers
> > Geof
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