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29 September 2010

Synergies between mobile Web and accessibility

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I will be talking next week at the first AEGIS conference in Seville, on the relationships between the mobile Web and accessibility.

I was asked to contribute a paper to include in the proceedings of the conference, and while the proceedings haven’t been published yet, I’ve just published an HTML version of that paper.

The paper starts with reminding of the similarities between mobile Web access and accessibility in terms of requirements, and compares the W3C best practices and guidelines in these domains, building up from the work the Web Accessibility Initiative and the Mobile Web Initiative did over the past years.

3 August 2010

What is a Web application?

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I was asked recently by Andy Favell from mobiThinking what is exactly a Web application? What distinguishes it from “just” a Web site?

(in that discussion, I distinguish Web apps, i.e. “applications” that run inside the browser, from widgets (in the W3C sense), and in general, Web-technologies based applications: a widget is a packaged/downloadable/installable Web application; as such, it’s closer to a traditional app than a Web app; they share with Web applications the use of HTML/CSS/JavaScript and access to the network as a primary feature.)

21 July 2010

Using the W3C cheatsheet as a “smart bookmark”

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One of the users of the W3C cheatsheet (of which a new version was released yesterday including HTML5) reminded me of a nifty feature available in a number of browsers, the so called “smart bookmarks”, and how they could be used with the cheatsheet.

A smart bookmark is basically a bookmark where a part of the URL can be replaced by a user entered string; depending on the browser, this smart bookmark can then be invoked with a said string to bring you directly to a specific page (often, a search result).

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Picture of Dominique Hazael-MassieuxDominique Hazaël-Massieux (dom@w3.org) is part of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Staff; his interests cover a number of Web technologies, as well as the usage of open source software in a distributed work environment.