It’s hard to argue that poking at a smartphone and squinting at a three-inch screen is a more pleasant experience than using a full-sized mouse and taking in a 22-inch monitor. People increasingly expect to be able to navigate websites from their cell phones, however, and so Web developers may find a walkthrough on making sites mobile-compatible helpful.
Fair warning: we’re not even going to try to summarize the walkthrough. At about 4,000 words, it’s a monster, and Peter-Paul Koch, its author, included lots of useful advice that we don’t want to gloss over.
Still, skipping towards the end, here’s one important paragraph concerning what to own for compatibility tests: “You probably already have an iPhone or Android. Buy a BlackBerry or a Nokia Symbian – whichever is more popular where you live. Choose a medium-new, popular model. This will represent the smartphone masses that rarely browse the web – yet.”
Later, Koch suggested, “Go through my browser list and install absolutely every browser you can download on the devices you already have. Pay special attention to Opera Mini and UCWeb.”
Hopefully these tips (along with all the other ones he shared) will help Web developers make their sites accessible to a lot more potential customers.