The "this is what we have and it's better than nothing" has generally been
my approach - and I've heard that from others as well. I haven't personally
worked on any wikis in a few years where mobile use didn't come up (not much talk of
it when I was using a Treo). However, I have no idea how widespread or common that may
Improvements to make this more usable by 3rd party wikis would be fantastic!
-greg aka varnent
On Jan 9, 2012, at 3:00 PM, Quim Gil wrote:
I believe a lot of MediaWiki based sites would welcome a simple way to
present their content in mobile interfaces. A combo of browser
autodetection and mobile friendly skin would do the trick (this is how
the Wordpress community is addressing the problem). Is Mobile Frontend
extension is what we have here and now then this is better then
On Mon, Jan 9, 2012 at 11:03 AM, Brion Vibber <brion(a)pobox.com> wrote:
* Does anybody actually want to use
MobileFrontend to implement a
feature-phone gateway on other sites?
* Do people intend primarily to make the
wiki's user interface more
friendly to modern smartphones, without caring about feature phones?
If so, then moving to the next generation
I'm not aware of the next generation plans you are referring to, but
you also need to take into account the "next generation" context for
smartphone vs feature-phone - which is precisely about the blurring of
that division. Cheaper devices with internet capabilities, bigger/full
screen and even touch are reaching more geographies. Pretty fast, for
phones and tablets.
If you want to set a division then maybe you want to set it not
between "dumb" and "smart" devices (meaning cheap and expensive in
fact) but between passive and active users:
- A majority will want just to consume content, share it, rate it,
perhaps subscribe to it and leave a short comment - regardless of the
"smartness" or price of their device.
- A very important minority will want to engage deeper and contribute,
also with their mobile devices on the go.
Can we assume that you need an expensive smartphone and Internet plan
to be more active in MediaWiki sites? I don't think so, but we should
go down to features to see exactly what type pf device requirements
are we talking about.
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