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Mobile Web

Most of the computers these days are small, fit in the palm of your hand or in a shirt pocket and travel with you. More and more, mobile phones such as the iPhone, Android or Windows based are the main tool that people use. While we’re not quite there yet, within 5 years, this will be key. Already, in many countries, the phone is the only computer a person may own.

When a web page is served, it’s possible to detect the type of browser being used and then adjust the webpage to suit. If a regular computer monitor is used with 1024x768 resolution, then columns with a menu on the left and banners on the right with the content in the middle may make sense. But if a mobile phone is detected, then the menu could be put on the top, the content in the middle and the banners at the bottom.

In a content management type of system, it’s easy to control the format, look and feel based on style sheets. If the style sheet used was dependent on the type of device being used, you could simply create a few standard style sheets and be ready to go.

The style sheets would also allow a creative, artistic, marketing type of person to setup the look and feel and allow for the gear heads to create the business logic behind the scenes that power the system. A division of work is other way of saying many hands make light work…….

One of the other considerations is the menu setup. Drop down menus on a mobile phone don't properly work with mouse hovers to display a list and then select an item. It would need to be setup in such a way to work with iPhone, Windows Mobile and the Google Android phones.