October 27, 2021

Final TechWatch Report: Delivering Web to Mobile

Final Report (Ver. 1.0)


Delivering Web to Mobile


Mark Power, JISC CETIS

From the Introduction:

The use of mobile devices for the consumption and use of Web content and services has grown steadily over the last few years and continues to do so, with analysts predicting that mobile will soon exceed the traditional desktop PC as the most common means users interact with the Web and other Internet services.

This report looks at the growth of mobile, the state of the Web and gives an overview of approaches to delivering content and services optimised for the mobile context. This includes approaches to Web design for responsive sites, leveraging access to device functions and capabilities and the use of Web technologies to build mobile applications.

The following areas are covered in the report:

State of the Mobile Web (including UK HEI findings)
Mobile Web Browsers
Responsive Web Design
Mobile First
Progressive Enhancement
Server-side Device Detection
Dedicated Mobile Site?
Mobile Web Apps
Device APIs
HTML5 Frameworks
“Hybrid Apps”

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.