Mobile Viewing

I have just attempted to read a recent Guardian article, the Coolest Quartier in Paris. I was pointed there by my ipod touch's feed reader, Daisy Feed, and decided that the page is not well read even on the 'touch's screen, so checked it out on a laptop browser. I have been surveyed by the site owner and they asked some questions on the mobile internet, which since they didn't ask me all the questions I wanted to answer, I'll comment here.

I have struggled to embrace the internet on the phone. The screen has always been a problem and as I get used to the 'touch, which is so much better I am considering my static web site and how I present pages on the net. Much content is arranged optimally for reading on a computer hosted browser, and this is true for much of the Guardian's site as well as my own.

An example of changes I am considering include a long standing page which hosts my delicious tag cloud and a revised version optimised for the ipod touch. You can view the differences, just, by hovering or click though to view. The tag cloud is no longer just a vanity, its a quick way through to my bookmarks.

I shall be reviewing web site name structure and looking at if I can use CSS/Javascript to represent the same pages differently depending on the device. So probably best not bookmark the ipod links page, I am not sure how long it'll be there.

The mobile internet'd be a lot more useful if wireless was more ubiquitous, but I have plans to fix this. I'll use my phone, to connect the 'touch to the internet.

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You should try google reader. It seems to work pretty well on the ipod touch.

Posted by Chris Gerhard on November 19, 2008 at 05:52 PM PST #

I have and its quite good, however my OPML list is very long and not well qualified. The article above is meant to be about mobile optimisation, and while google have done well with the look and feel of reader on the ipod touch, it remains unusable on my phone and my usage up till now makes it less than satisfactory. I am sure I can streamline and re-organise my feed list to make it more usable on the ipod touch. I suppose the problem is that the feed list is longer than my real interests, so its very cluttered with stuff I don't actually want to know about.

Posted by Dave on November 19, 2008 at 06:36 PM PST #

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