Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sat 28th Feb 2004 08:50 UTC
Internet & Networking The second generation of OSNews' mobile web site is now up and running. The new version has an even simpler design than before which makes it much easier to render on under-featured HTML browsers, usually found on phones, PDAs or other embedded devices. The new design does not display any ads or a sidebar, but goes directly to the "meat" of the information. Read more for info & screenshots.
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RE: RE: Efficient use of cache space
by Daniel van Eeden on Sat 28th Feb 2004 13:45 UTC

> Actually this is not a good idea. This would only be
> a good idea for textmode browsers on fast PCs and
> "advanced" PDA browsers (more than 4 MB of FLASH etc).
I'm using a Palm Zire with 2MB storage for the OS, browser, ebooks and websites.

> But on phones, this would mean browser crashes or "out
> of memory" errors.
I get the point.

> putting a big multi-page article in a single page, it
> will just kill compatibility with these phones.
But now it kills compatibility with pda's and other offline readers.

> It's not very common to connect a palm to a printer so it's mostly useless to cache the printer friendly version.

> If it does the job for you just cache the printer one
> instead. ;)
Maybe it's a good idea to add a cache friendly mode to the mobile version. (some quirck line mobile.php?cachefriendly=true)

> Doing a mobile site that is as "full" in fucntionality as
> the osnews one, it has a lot of "gotchas" that desktop web > developers would never consider under normal
> circumstances. "Fixing" one kind of these browsers
> completely undermines the others. I tried to find a
> balance when designing the new site.
I know. I really like the beatifull KISS layout of both the desktop and mobile version of OSNews. It just works and looks great and renders fast. ;)