Content Adaptation for Handheld Mobile Devices

By Robert Kerbs and Mehrak Vahidi.

Published by The Technology Collection

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Mobile phone users increasingly browse and search the Internet on their handsets. They want rich and diverse content made for the desktop to be equally accessible on their mobile devices. Thus, there is a need for automatic, on-the-fly, transformation of existing web content for mobile formats. However, mobile devices are restricted in their capabilities, user preferences, and network bandwidth. Although mobile devices typically require specially designed formats for optimal usability, it is not likely that all information available on the web can be translated into this format in advance. In addition, users of mobile devices may need different information in different contexts. Many adaptation techniques have been proposed to statically or dynamically modify the content of web pages for mobile phones. While useful, none of them has been designed to consider accessibility guidelines and content usability. This research project explored content adaptation for mobile phones from the HCI and accessibility guidelines perspectives. The content adaptation system is based upon customized templates that adapt content on-the-fly while also accommodating standard accessibility and HCI guidelines.

Keywords: Content Adaptation, Customized Templates, Mobile Phone Web Accessibility, Tableless Design, Usability, Web Accessibility, Organizing Content

International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp.113-125. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 539.782KB).

Dr. Robert Kerbs

Chair and Associate Professor of Computer Science, Computer Science Department, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Pomona, CA, USA

Dr. Kerbs began his career at Cal Poly Pomona, as a Lecturer, in the Computer Science Department, in 2000. He joined the tenure-track faculty as an Assistant Professor in 2001. In 2007, he was promoted to Associate Professor and received tenure in 2008. He has served as Chair in the Computer Science Department since Fall 2011. He is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Tau Beta Pi honor society, and several other scientific societies. He has substantial industry experience with: Caltech, Texas Instruments, and Kronos Digital Entertainment. He frequently teaches graphics, game programming, human computer interaction, and networking. Dr. Kerbs received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering, from California State University, Long Beach and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Nova Southeastern University. His research interests include computer graphics, networking, data mining, and human computer interaction.

Mehrak Vahidi

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Pomona, CA, USA

Mehrak Vahidi received her master's in computer science from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Her research interests include Human Computer Interaction, Artificial Intelligence, Expert Systems, Data Mining and new Media Applications.


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