One Web: Desktops and Devices Unite!
As Web-enabled devices proliferate, the goal is to deliver one Web experience for users.There is but one Web and the issue of a mobile Web versus a desktop Web should be of no consequence. If Adobe has its way -- given its Open Screen Project announcement of May 1 -- that will be the case. The Open Screen Project is an Adobe-led effort to drive rich Internet experiences across televisions, personal computers, mobile devices and consumer electronics
At the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco on April 24, Mitchell Baker, chairman of the Mozilla Foundation, delivered a keynote entitled "Opening the Mobile Web," where she called for one Web.
Meanwhile, Lynch said that although most developers and content providers "still design for a big screen, but over the years we may see that shift to designing for the small screen first and then move to the big screen." Lynch said because it is harder to design and develop applications and content for the smaller screen real estate of devices, building first for the small screen and then enabling migration or access to the desktop is easier than going in the opposite direction. "That's how I think this might work for users," he said. "You can get applications for your device that can show up as a widget on your PC. There is still some complexity in terms of input methods, but I think the problem is a lot more solvable this way." For her part, Baker took on some of the terminology of the Web. "The browser, it's an ancient metaphor," she said. "How many of us browse anymore?" Having an open platform matters, as does the ability to move effortlessly between the desktop and mobile devices, Baker said. But, "Mobile is also a bad metaphor," she said. "It's a misnomer. I do not want a mobile device -- I do not want my phone walking around without me. I'm the mobile element." Mobile Remains a Different Breed