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Developing for the Mobile Web

A one day workshop exploring how developers can reuse and create web content so that it works on variety of mobile devices using Cascading Style Sheets, HTML 5, Javascript and related tools.

Room Bergerac
Institute for Learning and Research Technology (ILRT)
University of Bristol, 8-10 Berkeley Square, Bristol, BS8 1HH

Wednesday 27th October 2010

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1000 - 1030
Registration and Coffee
1030 - 1040
Introductions to event (Health and Safety etc)
1040 - 1110

Mobile Web Best Practices - lessons learned since 2008
Philip Archer - W3C
The W3C’s Mobile Web Best Practices were developed between mid 2005 and late 2007, becoming a ‘Recommendation’ in July 2008. During that time the mobile Web industry made huge leaps forward not least with the introduction of the iPhone. Does this mean that W3C Mobile Web Best Practice is now hopelessly out of date? No, however, it does mean that you have to add a layer of interpretation born of experience and hard-headed calculation.

1110 - 1150
Maps and Apps with HTML5
Ben Butchart - Edina
An overview of how HTML5 technologies can be exploited for developing location based services with an emphasis on maps and related applications. Covering the basics of using the geolocation API to display a users location on a map interface, we go on to look at uses of HTML5 Canvas for feature selection and terrain visualisations. We'll also look at the potential of HTML5 Storage and HTML5 Cache for making mapping applications available offline.
1150 - 1230

Native Applications vs Mobile Web
Anthony Doherty - Computing Officer, Web Team Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU)

An examination of LJMU's plans to develop its web provision with mobile devices in mind, in the context of a content management website, dispersed authorship and the recent experience of launching a native app for our students. How our discussions about the mobile web took shape, the native app experience, a look at our initial prototypes and attempts to integrate existing services will all be covered.

1230 -  1245
MyMobile Bristol
Mike Jones - Web Futures, ILRT, University of Bristol
MyMobileBristol is an exciting project being led by the Web Futures group at the Institute for Learning and Research Technology (ILRT), University of Bristol. The project is funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) under their Business and Community Engagement Programme. The workshop is part of several initiatives being undertaken by MyMobileBristol to facilitate communities of developers, data providers, policy makers and user groups to promote the development and deployment of innovative technologies. For more details see
1245 - 1300
Mobile Oxford
Tim Fernando - University of Oxford
1300 - 1400
Lunch and opportunity to speak to the above speakers in more detail
1400 - 1515
Lightning Talks
Lightning Talks begin...if you are interested in giving a relevant lightning talk please provide more details in the booking form or if there are any free slots on the day volunteer to give a talk
1400 - 1415 Mobile Web at Loughborough - Martin Hamilton (University of Loughborough)
This talk will introduce Loughborough University's use of Mobile Web OSP, derived from the MIT Mobile Web software.  Mobile Web OSP is PHP based, using stylesheets for graceful degradation based on device capabilities.  This results in an impressive near native experience on Android and iOS, without excluding users of legacy devices.  We will demonstrate our prototype site and give a brief glimpse of the back end systems integration.
1415 - 1430
Mobile Apps in the Cloud - Ed Crewe (University of Bristol)
Using the Google App Engine as an app backend.
1430 - 1445
The Mobile Accessibility Stack - Steve Lee (OSS Watch /
A brief introduction to the various layers of technology required to support accessibility on mobile platforms.
1445 - 1500
One geodatabase to rule them all - Rich Osborne (University of Exeter)
How centralising your geodata can release it's potential, powering anything from interactive maps to augmented reality
1500 - 1515
Lightning Talk 5
1515 - 1530
Coffee Break
1530 - 1615

Best Practices for Writing CSS - John Gallant  - AKA 'Big John" from

John will cover topics including; Dealing with DIVS, Ordering of style sheets, The strength of selectors, Importance of keywords, Using the structure of the page to organise sheets, PNG images.
Please note that John will be delivering his session virtually, live from Phoenix, Arizona, USA.

1615 - 1645
Plenary and Finish