Posts Tagged ‘screen-scraping’
We’ve written several articles, hosted a number of discussions and argued on numerous panels against miniaturization. The reason is quite simple – shrinking down web assets and stripping features to a minimum to fit a smaller mobile screen significantly limits engagement opportunities. Miniaturization also ignores that mobile user behavior is influenced by the inherent characteristics of the mobile device – location, click-to-call, text messaging, barcode scanning, swiping or tapping. So if the website’s content is simply miniaturized for mobile, it fails to take advantage of some of the powerful features that tablets and smartphones offer.
While I can go on-and-on about the problems with miniaturization (and its twin brother, screen scraping), for once, I’ll use a comic to illustrate our point of view (shared by Brad Frost during this week’s Breaking Development Conference in Dallas). Cheers!
When it comes to building out your mobile web strategy, we know that sometimes it seems like there are as many development options as there are smartphones—with new ones cropping up all the time. But as with anything, some options fair better in the real world than others.
One option that has been around for some time now, and picked up a bit of momentum with Google’s GoMo initiative, is the idea of building a proxy mobile site, or screen-scraping. Largely marketed as the quickest DIY option to mobile-optimization, screen-scraping is used to shrink an existing desktop site down to mobile proportions by mirroring the HTML data and outputting it into a mobile template.
You might be thinking, “Wow! Quick…easy…DIY…and I just get to use my current site? Sounds perfect!” But don’t believe the hype, proxy mobile sites are not at all what they’re cracked up to be. And many companies who take this route often realize later on that building a separate mobile site is the way to go. Here’s why:
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