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Posts made on Sunday, December 30th, 2007

Mobile HTTP clients

Posted by Chris Jones
On December 30th, 2007 at 11:59

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Mobile clients have several limitations:

  • small screen size
  • network latency
  • poor, limited, and unreliable connectivity
  • severe memory and script execution speed or time restrictions
  • input restricted to (slow) text entry and click-only (no drag, no mouseover)

…in addition to browser limitations. The best browser for mobile web applications at the time of this writing is Safari on the iPhone.

Some of these can be addressed through careful design of the user interface.
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