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  •  University library mobile sites

    Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010

    There's an interesting overview available of NC State's mobile initiative for their library.

  •  Caltrain schedule added

    Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010

    A link to the iCaltrain mobile app has been added to the "around scu" menu in the map section of the mobile site.  There are likely more opportunities here to expand to include more local transit schedules.

  •  iTunes U added to News

    Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010

    A link to SCU's iTunes U store has been added to the News section of the mobile site.

  •  SCU YouTube channel added

    Friday, Dec. 18, 2009

    SCU's YouTube channel has been added to the list of resources found in the News section of the mobile site.

  •  Mobile site published

    Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009

    The mobile site is now hosted on the SCU production Web servers, and can be found at either of the following URLs:

  •  Suggested modifications applied

    Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009
    • The mobile homepage images now function as links to the featured articles.
    • News items include the publication date & time from the RSS feed.
    • The Directory Quick Reference list items now link to the related organization listing.
  •  Campus Events RSS feed

    Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009

    There are recurring problems with the RSS feed for campus events, where non-standard characters are included in the XML file.  This causes errors in the display of the event listing in the mobile site.  The RSS feed generator has been modified to exclude an aggregated feed that had been contributing to this problem.

  •  Home page features

    Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009

    The home page features are now queried directly from the blog database rather than selected from the associated RSS feed.  This will ensure that the mobile version is in sync with the standard SCU home page.  The RSS feed will include all items, regardless of their current featured status.

  •  XSLT for feature phones

    Friday, Nov. 13, 2009

    The first version of the XSLT for feature phones and other mobile devices has been completed.  The application will attempt to detect the user-agent in each request and use switch between the two XSL transformations depending on the capabilities of the device.  Our user survey indicated that users would most likely access the mobile site using iPhone or similar devices; the feature phone XSLT will enable access to content for devices with limited screen size and browsers without CSS or Javascript support.

  •  User Survey Results

    Friday, Nov. 13, 2009

    The results from our mobile Web user survey indicate that most people are using touch phone devices - iPhone, Android, or similar - or are using Blackberry or other smart phones.  As expected, Web browsing using feature phones is not common.

    There's a strong interest in seeing mobile access to Ecampus and Groupwise email.  Although a mobile-optimized version of Ecampus isn't on the near horizon, the Groupwise Web Access servers do seem to be able to detect mobile devices and switch to a more usable format (although functionality is limited).

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