Facebook helps launch effort to improve the mobile Web by pushing a new World Wide Web Consortium effort known as the Core Mobile Web Platform Community Group.
launched an effort to diminish mobile browser fragmentation and improve the
At the Mobile World Congress
joined forces with more than 30 other companies to form the W3C Mobile Web
Platform Core Community Group. In a blog
about the effort, Douglas Purdy, director of developer relations at
build for the mobile Web today, it's hard to know which browsers and devices
will support your app. Which is why we're proud to be joining over 30 device
manufacturers, carriers, and developers in an industry-wide effort to help
accelerate the improvement and standardization of mobile browsers: the W3C
Mobile Web Platform Core Community Group. For developers, this makes it easier
to understand your app's potential reach and to help prioritize which browser
capabilities are important to you.
the new groups Website
The goal of the Core Mobile Web Platform Community Group (CG) is to accelerate
the adoption of the Mobile Web as a compelling platform for the development of
modern mobile Web applications. In order to achieve this mission, the CG will
bring developers, equipment manufacturers, browser vendors, operators and other
relevant members of the industry together to agree on core features developers
can depend on, create related conformance test suites and provide to W3C (and
non-W3C) groups use cases, scenarios, and other input related to successful
Facebook also is making Ringmark
, a new mobile
browser test suite available to developers, and will be donating it to the
Community Group to build upon. This test suite, developed with Bocoup, helps
developers understand which mobile browsers support the functionality their app
needs, Purdy said.
in the W3C Mobile Web Platform Core Community Group include Samsung, HTC, Sony
Mobile Communications, Nokia, Huawei, ZTE, TCL Communication, AT&T,
Verizon, Vodafone, Orange, TelefÃ³nica, KDDI, SOFTBANK MOBILE Corp., Qualcomm
Innovation Center, Nvidia, ST-Ericsson, Intel, Texas Instruments, Broadcom,
Mozilla, Opera, Microsoft, Adobe, Netflix, VEVO, Zynga, @WalmartLabs,
Electronic Arts, Sencha and Bocoup.
In his own
a Core Mobile Web Platform W3C Community Group
to curate prioritized
lists of emerging and de facto
standards that browsers should
support in order for the Web to compete with native application stacks on
. I thought at the time there is a company with skin in the Web
content game, not only for pages but especially for apps. Facebook relies
heavily on HTML5, CSS and JS. Facebook has no browser in the market to pull
focus or inject asymmetric browser/service integration agendas.
has hired long-time Open Web developers who have risen to be leaders in their
communities: James Pearce
and Tobie Langel
Langel is a
co-chair of the Core Mobile Web Platform Community Group.