Re: Hostility to "binary XML" (was Re: XML 2004 webl
> Hmm, sure, in fact that's probably in a nutshell the summary of the > Mobile Web Initiative workshop that took place last week. Yeah, sorry to restate the obvious then. > But don't worry, the incentive to get much better content than that on > mobile devices is extremely high (and in part already there for those in > the least mobile-retarded areas of the planet). I'm talking about what > happens when that content grows much, much more, knowing that that's soon. I think what's been missing has been content being accessible in the task-oriented fashion a user on a cell-phone or other resource-deprived device user would grasp wanting to tolerate using. All too often it seems like it ends up being little more than "I wish I had a real desktop but since all I've got is this phone..." and that's just not a compelling way to build repeat users. That and the carriers taking the 'gouge you at every possible chance' fee structures just haven't made it anywhere NEAR what the users would tolerate as an on-going exercise. So while there may be tons of 'incentive' to make content accessible until it's the user that's motivated to seek using it on a repeating basis it's a non-starter. Their idea (the paying user) of incentive isn't being nickled-and-dimed to death to get crappy content through an even crappier interface. That it is or isn't stingy with bandwidth/airtime is even less of a factor. -Bill
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