I was hoping that it would be easy to ensure that my web pages could be viewed whatever device the visitor was using. I'm beginning to wonder whether that's an impossible dream.
Google would now seem to be dividing the universe of web pages into two groups. Just check out the Google Site Maps page entitled, Add to your account (Note - the page is only visible if you have a SiteMaps Account and are signed in.) You will see there the following:
Add a Sitemap
Sitemaps provide us with additional information about your site that we can use to better direct our crawlers and help speed up the discovery and addition of your pages to our index.
What type of Sitemap would you like to add?
- General Web Sitemap - Lists pages that are meant to be accessed by desktop browsers.
- Mobile Sitemap - Lists pages that are designed for access by phones, PDAs, and other mobile devices.
In any case, my typical newsletters are pretty long. The last one for example is about 2,500 words. Will anyone have the stamina to go through all that on a small screen?
If I want to cater to that audience, I think it's back to the drawing board. (You can't get there from here.) Can anyone suggest how much text is acceptable on a mobile web page? Of course it would also be ideal to give tools so that the full version can be saved as a Favourite if you like the mobile version. I guess I've got some research to do on that Opera page on Authoring for Small-Screen Rendering (SSR).