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Friday, November 16, 2007

W3C mobileOK Checker: Automatic Verification of mobileOK Content

W3C has announced the W3C mobileOK Checker (alpha) as a new means for
people to create and find mobile friendly content. W3C invites Web
authors to run the alpha release of the W3C mobileOK checker and make
their content work on a broad range of mobile devices. The mobileOK
Checker runs tests defined in the "W3C mobileOK Basic Tests 1.0"
specification, which has recently been advanced to the status of
Candidate Recommendation. The tests themselves are based upon W3C's
Mobile Web Best Practices 1.0, published as part of W3C's Mobile Web
Initiative. The Best Practices describes how to reduce the cost of
authoring and to improve the mobile browsing experience. Any tool that
implements the Basic Tests can verify automatically whether content
is mobile friendly. The "mobileOK Basic" specification defines a
scheme for assessing whether Web resources (Web content) can be
delivered in a manner that is conformant with Mobile Web Best Practices
to a simple and largely hypothetical mobile user agent, the Default
Delivery Context. This document describes W3C mobileOK Basic tests for
delivered content, and describes how to emulate the DDC when requesting
that content. mobileOK Basic is the lesser of two levels of claim, the
greater level being mobileOK Pro, described separately. Claims to be
W3C mobileOK Basic conformant are represented using Description
Resources (POWDER) also described separately. The intention of mobileOK
is to help catalyze development of Web content that provides a
functional user experience in a mobile context.

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