Caught by the .mobi fever

I sent few SMS to Desmond and David last night on the possibility of developing a .mobi mobile website for my readers.

Me: David, how much is the .mobi domain?

David: RM60/year.

Me: Is available?

David: No, taken. 

Me: Yo bro! Any good name for my .mobi site? Something tat can capture s’wakian youth. 

Desmond: Got to sleep on it brader… most catchy names taken. 

First thing first – read the developer’s guidelines first.

This is quite a comprehensive guide to mobile web development. It layers on the advice from the W3C’s Mobile Web Initiative Mobile Web Best Practices 1.0 document, but takes it further. We feel that it is very important to take the base of these best practices and make it more accessible. With this in mind, our developer guide starts by describing the mobile landscape in detail, and the importance of the mobile context. There are code samples and a lot of useful information. We then go on to describe actual techniques for putting together a mobile-friendly site and how to publish it. This guide is designed for developers who are already familiar with web development in general, but now want to try their hand at mobile. For now, the guide does not cover more advanced techniques such as adaptation, but this will come with Part II.

6 thoughts on “Caught by the .mobi fever”

  1. It’s like going back to your years in MT and given a Pentium III plus Windows ME. Drop all that and put it in your GPRS-enabled mobile phone or PDA.

    The xhtml language is still native to us here and we are not encourage to use tables, etc. due to data charges issue. So, for those who are interested to develop a .mobi site, I suggest you master the codes use to create CSS because that will help to reduce the telco data charges.

    Unless GPRS, 2G or 3G is going cheaper, it will not be that interactive.

    For the time being, its more likely to be a static page, just for your info sort of contents.

  2. Too technical and time consuming? Though I know a bit about computers and the Internet this I feel is like putting a Civil engineer to do a Chemical Engineers work :)

  3. Desmond, it is like going back to what we have done before – create web page using notepad. As of now, I can only find one authoring application to create .mobi pages and its at

  4. susah lah….. i spent one whole nite to create wap content for (1 page only). some code can be used in nokia… some phone totally cannot read it.

  5. Saga, I recommend that you read the guideline first and use Notepad to create the codes.

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