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< Contents ERCIM News No. 61, April 2005

W3C Standards Critical to Mobile Web Access

This year again, W3C staffed a booth to present W3C's mobile Web efforts at last 3GSM Congress from 14 to 17 February 2005, in Cannes, France.

Exploring the Web from a mobile device today has yet to fulfill its promise, due to obstacles in interoperability and usability. People often find that their favorite Web sites are difficult to access with a mobile device, if available at all. W3C's goal is to make Web access from a mobile device as simple, easy and convenient as it is from a desktop device. Supporters of the mobile Web recognize the tremendous business opportunity created by combining mobile and Web technologies. Key mobile services players such as authoring tool vendors, content providers, handset manufacturers, browser vendors and mobile phone operators share the same goal of enabling mobile devices to quickly become the first-class citizens of the Web.

Following the tremendous success of the Mobile Web Initiative workshop held two months ago, W3C expects to launch a Mobile Web Initiative in 2005 to focus on increasing the adoption of standardized technologies and identifying best practices for industry.