June 16, 2002
June 16, 2002
June 19, 2002
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Designing a Handheld-Friendly Web Site
John K. Estell, Tim Baron, Matt Batcha, Adam Love Electrical & Computer Engineering and Computer Science Department Ohio Northern University
The handheld computer, or PDA (personal digital assistant), represents a new phase in educational technology that allows for a truly portable computational device in an affordable package. From its humble beginnings as an electronic data organizer, the PDA has evolved into a sophisticated computational and informational tool through the development of various third party application programs. Among the most popular applications is AvantGo, which allows for the deployment of web applications on handheld computers. By accessing the AvantGo server during a synchronization operation with an Internet-connected PC, entire web sites can be downloaded to the handheld, then viewed later through use of the free AvantGo client that is resident on the handheld.
Being able to literally carry a variety of web sites in one's pocket provides great educational opportunities that as a profession we have just begun to explore. However, the typical PDA provides only 4-bit grayscale resolution on a 160 x 160 pixel screen display. Given that a "properly designed" traditional web site involves a plethora of multicolored graphical images displayed in a window assumed to be at least 600 pixels high by 800 pixels wide, the browsing experience of such a site on a handheld is usually less than satisfying. In short, the development of handheld-friendly web sites requires a different operational paradigm than that used in traditional web site design.
Proceedings of the 2002 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2002, American Society for Engineering Education
Baron, T., & Batcha, M., & Estell, J., & Love, A. (2002, June), Designing A Handheld Friendly Web Site Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. https://peer.asee.org/11070
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