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Mobile Web Development

Mobile Web is the cheapest and most flexible way of creating mobile learning resources. It is naturally cross platform (all your user needs is a mobile connection and a web browser on their device) and allows for a range of content to be incorporated into the resource.

There are, however, some drawbacks with Mobile Web. As you are not developing for a specific platform, there are a huge amount of devices that you could potentially target, that date back almost to the turn of the millennium. Each device will have it’s own web browser and each of these will have different capabilities and restrictions.

The most important factors to think of when developing your mobile resources are:

(1) To think of the type of device that your target audience will be using and to develop for the lowest set of specifications within that group.

(2) To test your mobile site on every device that you can get your hands on. Enlist the help of friends and family, as the more devices which you can test on during development, the fewer problems you should have when the site goes live.

You can also use online resources like the Google Developers Mobile Guide (2015), which includes a test which will analyse a URL and report if the page has a mobile-friendly design or not.