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  1. cav United Kingdom

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    I would like to have a go at designing a page for my website which would be mobile phone friendly. Bearing in mind I'm no designer & i'm self taught using frontpage only, does anybody know of any guidance I can use?
     
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    Not really too much in the way of advice, although 3 random points:

    1. Javascript/ajax won't work on most mobile device browsers
    2. Mobile url's are generally a subdomain. ie/ make a simplified version of your site at: m.domain.com or mobile.domain.com
    3. Most smartphones now are getting better displaying full pages rather than simplified ones, wap look-a-likes (apart from my point 1). The iPhone or new blackberries render the page in a way that keeps the layout the same as on a full screen.

    Good luck, I'm interested in this and hope others can contibute something a bit more informed than me!
     
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    Cheers woopwoop

    Had a scan round myself and found this useful as you can test your site & it tells you the errors

    mtld.mobi

    so I'll play around & design an error free page & see what it looks like on my standard Sony Ericsson
     
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    Remember to use a mobile stylesheet and declaration.

    if you want true mobile acess you need t write in wml as well as mobile xhtml.

    You should also bare in mind that about 150-170 pixels wide is your limit without problems of resizing.
     
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    finished

    Thanks for your help guys; designed my mobile friendly web page & it's error free so I'm delighted (& it looks ok on my phone). Also, it's the first time I have used CSS & xhmtl, so I've learnt something & I shall redesign the rest of my website using CSS/xhmtl at some point.

    ukdomains.org.uk - mobile version

    Now I just need to learn how to make nan breads & I'll be one happy guy
     
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    The guy below is a mobile web expert so you might find some interesting stuff on his blog:

    About Me | Peter Glaeser

    Rgds
     
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    Code:
    http://mobiforge.com/designing/story/effective-design-multiple-screen-sizes
    Effective Design for Multiple Screen Sizes includes ,Starting, Designing, Developing, Testing, Running
     
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