Behind the web front end in that page, there is an open source checker that has been possible thanks to the mobileOK Checker Task Force: Abel Rionda and Miguel García (Fundación CTIC, current co-chairs of the TF), Sean Owen (Google, chair of the TF from its creation in early 2007 until June 2008), Jo Rabin and Ruadhan O'Donoghue (dotMobi), Dominique Hazäel-Masseux and François Daoust (W3C), Roland Gülle (7Val). Ah, and myself.
Basically, the open source checker implements the tests and the tests intend to provide algorithms for those best practices in the Mobile Web Best Practices 1.0 (Basic Guidelines) W3C Recommendation that can be performed by an algorithm without the need for a human expert (that is another battle that I'll write about someday).
This is part of the support of Fundación CTIC to web standards in what regards to mobility since September 2005, when I joined the W3C Mobile Web Best Practices working group:
- Provision of two implementation reports for the Mobile Web Best Practices W3C Rec:
- "Implementation D" is the wonderful work made by Martín Álvarez Espinar on the web site of Fundamentos Web.
- "Implementation E" is the official web site of the City Council of Zaragoza (zaragoza.mobi), whose content transformation engine was created from scratch by Luis Miguel González, Rodrigo García, Julio Argüello and myself. It was the "kernel" of Merkur, the content transformation proxy of Fundación CTIC.
- Implementation of a W3C mobileOK Basic Tests 1.0 checker: the subject of this post. By the way, in CTIC we have a great checker called TAW that can validate web sites against WCAG and mobileOK tests. Miguel García, co-chair of the mobileOK Checker Task Force, is the main analyst, designer and developer of this tool.
- Creation of the Device Description Simple API W3C Recommendation.
It has been a lot of work, besides the dozens of projects accomplished in the meantime, but it is good to see that results are visible and -what is more important- useful.