Mobile Web Pages

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Mike writes:

“Most mobile sites split their content across multiple short pages. I think in a lot of cases it’s a bad approach. In case of a small-to-medium size mobile web page it takes a cell phone much longer to start downloading the page than to actually download it. That’s why my philosophy has always been to make mobile pages as long as possible. A good example of an app that I designed with that in mind is Windows Live Mail for mobile, where we first try to determine whether the device can handle large pages, and then generate as large page as possible (with an upper limit). This improves the user experience by reducing the time that the device spends connecting and locating each page. It also lowers the amount of data that gets transferred to the user’s phone, because downloading each page has an overhead of downloading its header and footer sections.”

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