Chapter 1

Designing Websites for Big and Small Screens

In This Chapter

arrow Analyzing the average mobile user

arrow Taking a first look at HTML

arrow Understanding the limitations of HTML

arrow Meeting XHTML and HTML5

Talk to nearly anybody who's been designing web pages for a while. The one thing most of them agree on is that creating websites for handheld devices is a giant step backward. Mobile users, on the other hand, consider the ability to get web content delivered to their smartphones, PDAs, and mobile tablets cutting-edge technology. For them, few things (on this planet, anyway), are more advanced than whipping a small gadget out of their pockets, pressing a few buttons, and voilá: You have the answers to nearly every question, access to almost any solution, information on just about every product, access to all of mankind's accumulated knowledge — the part of it parked on the web, anyway — at your fingertips.

So which is it? Is the mobile web the bleeding edge of information technology or a trip back in time to the medieval days of the Internet?

In the early days of the Internet, all but a select ...

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