Always those pesky mobiles and the lack of standards for them. Bleah! I looked into mobile support for web a year ago. If you think web browser CSS support is flaky, it goes double for mobiles.
However, I can envision mobile professionals wanting to chill out and browse blogs on their handhelds while they wait ridiculously long times for replacements for their cancelled flights in our failing airline system (ahhh don’t get me started on that!) We wouldn’t want to exclude these mobile users from potentially reading our blog, now would we? That’s what mobile feeds are for.
The fine folks at allow us to easily build these mobile feeds. I have installed a permanent link to my mobile feed in my blog header. See at the top of the page with the graphic. If you view it on your normal web, it will show you a demo of what it would look like on a mobile and /or an iphone. If you get it on your actual mobile device, I’m assuming from looking at the page source that it will display as on the simulation on your real mobile device.
You can change the colors, add your logo and even split google adsense ads with them 50/50. From what I’ve seen so far, it looks like ads only display on the actual mobiles because they don’t seem to on the simulation. What’s exceptionally valuable is that it scores your site for mobile readiness and XHTML validation. Mine scored 5/5 overall I’m happy to say, though I didn’t get 100% XHTML. (About once a month I remove all XHTML violations but wordpress’s tools unfortunately don’t force it to stay squeaky clean.) You can also see simulations of what your site will look like in a much larger number of specific devices in your mofuse dashboard.
The key is the line that contains media=”handheld”. That’s a signal that supported devices are programmed to recognize that this content is for them.
I have to confess my cell phone is a pretty basic model. I use it pretty exclusively to make and receive phone calls. I don’t pay the extra fees so that I can do web on it, and I don’t own any other web-enabled mobile devices. Some geek, huh! But Mr. Sailor (in whom I have a great deal of confidence) over at Nice 2 All vouches for this and states that pictures are automatically reduced to an appropriate size, and it’s so simple to set up these feeds that I very much doubt I or you or anybody can screw it up. Still it would be nice if someone tried my mobile feed on an actual web-enabled mobile device and commented. 🙂