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Beginning Smartphone Web Development: Building JavaScript, CSS, HTML and Ajax-based Applications for iPhone, Android, Palm Pre, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, and Nokia S60 by Gail Frederick

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Chapter 6. Mobile Web Usability

Mobile Web usability is a measure of how easy (or otherwise) a user finds it to interact with a web site through a mobile device. In this chapter we look at some of the most heavily used Mobile Web sites and show you how to apply best practices and design guidelines to create an effective web site for a mobile device.

As we delve into Mobile Web usability, you should keep one thing in mind: you are developing for a mobile user. A mobile user is not someone sitting in front of a computer with undivided concentration, but rather someone who is on the move, waiting for a bus, on his way to work, with friends in a coffee shop, shopping. A mobile user's attention is often divided: she might be listening to music or talking ...

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