[uf-discuss] Mobile browser with support for microformats
zack.carter at gmail.com
Wed Jan 14 15:10:06 PST 2009
I just tried Mosembro out on my G1 and, while the browser is a bit
quirky, the concept is executed really well.
The user installable script idea reminds me of what Mozilla is doing
with Ubiquity and their mouse only interface.
On Tue, Jan 13, 2009 at 3:48 AM, Mr. Meitar Moscovitz <meitarm at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Jan 7, 2009, at 5:01 PM, Aleksander Kmetec wrote:
>> Hey, everyone!
>> I was hoping you could give me some feedback on my proof-of-concept mobile
>> bowser which is called Mosembro.
> Hi Aleksander,
> Hearing about Mosembro is *the* reason I downloaded the Android SDK. ;) So
> at least in concept, my feedback is purely positive. I like this idea a lot.
> It's one I might call "brilliantly obvious in retrospect." (A compliment.)
>> It is meant to demonstrate how taking advantage of embedded semantic
>> metadata (in this case microformats) can help us build a more user-friendly
>> browser for mobile devices. Since mobile devices are much more awkward to
>> use than full size computers, even simple things like automating a task
>> which would otherwise require you to copy some text from one app to another,
>> can make a huge difference.
>> You can have a look at it here:
> I'm curious, do you describe or document the microformat that Mosembro uses
> to provide its "consistent site-wide search" functionality anywhere? I'm
> having a look around and playing with Mosembro in Android's emulator now,
> but I can't seem to find mention of this idea anywhere on the Microformats
> wiki or the mailing list archives, and my Java knowledge is way too poor to
> efficiently go code diving into Mosembro's sources. I also tried to locate
> the address of the "Mosembro Demo Page" to see if I could view the source,
> but alas, I'm not seeing an option or that.
> (Note that it's very possible I'm simply overlooking something, as is this
> is the first time I've ever seen Google's Android interface.)
> Moreover, the idea of extracting a consistent search interface (perhaps with
> a standardized microformat) is appealing to me since many sites provide
> their own search forms but their locations and visual appearance varies
> wildly from site to site (and even between a single site's redesigns). On a
> mobile interface, it is often a nuisance to try and find the search
> functionality for each site. Therefore, a consistent UI presented by the
> user agent itself is preferable, as long as it can plug the entered text
> from the UI to the web site's own search field (which I am assuming is the
> point of what you describe possible in Mosembro, yes?).
> Has there been discussion about a search microformat for functionality such
> as described above before? If so, is someone able (and willing) to point me
> in that direction so I can read up?
> Thanks very much!
> -Meitar Moscovitz
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