Working Towards a Mobile Friendly Internet
By Eric Lin, Mon Jan 19 03:00:00 GMT 2004

The W3C, the standards body that defines the world wide web, have released a new standard designed to communicate the capabilities of mobile devices to web servers.

The standard, called Compposite Capability/Preference Profiles (CC/PP) uses the Resource Description Framework (RDF) to describe how, and how much data a device can handle. RDF is the same standard that RSS 2.0 newsreaders use to communicate similar information. However CC/PP takes the definition much further than RSS did. Devices can define a great deal about themselves, and they can even do it from a file hosted elsewhere in order to minimize bandwidth over cellular data systems.

According to Infosync, CC/PP relies on a description of device capabilities developed simultaneously by the Open Mobile Alliance. Now that RDF 1.0 has been ratified, the OMA and W3C will need to continue to work together to assure that OMA members will give users the right tools to describe their device and preferences correctly. In turn the W3C will continue their work to further describe data in the standard. While the new RDF standard is ready to use, it is by no means a finished product. It will continue to grow and change just like HTML or WAP has evolved.