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TYPO3 goes mobile

Taras Vasilkevic
Author Description:
Taras Vasilkevic is CTO of team in medias GmbH (, German Internet consulting company based in Aachen. He graduated from Ivan Franko University (Lviv, Ukraine) in 1997 with a Diploma in Applied Mathematics and Informatics.

He has been working with TYPO3 since 2002 and is certified TYPO3 Integrator since early 2009-

Taras Vasilkevic is a co-autor of the book "TYPO3 Online-Marketing-Guide" and also a co-autor of an articles in t3n.

He held the presentation "Ajax Enabled Typo3 Extension Development" at T3CON08 in Berlin.
With the advent of the mobile internet web site designers face a new problem. They have to design sites which work well on the "normal" desktop system as well as on mobile devices. Mobile devices, typically handsets, smart phones, or PDAs, are not only restricted in their features, they also vary a lot in their individual capabilities as screen sizes, supported markup languages, etc. For the web site designer this poses the problem of how to give the user the best possible experience on his device without developing (and maintaining) a lot of independent web sites.
In this paper I would like to discuss the posibilities, which Typo3 developers have to develop a website for mobile clients. Special attention will be paid to integration of Typo3 and the WURFL, Javascript Frameworks jQTouch and Sencha.
The WURFL (which means "Wireless Universal Resource File") is an "XML configuration file which contains information about capabilities and features of several wireless devices". It is an Open Source project where the number of supported devices grows steadily. Today the mere size of the XML file is about 3.3 MB and it contains 9000+ devices. The WURFL employs a cute fallback mechanism so that even devices which are not contained can be mapped to something with similar capabilities. The WURFL is used by a lot of web sites including those of carriers around the world.
JQTouch is jquery plugin for mobile web development on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and other forward-thinking devices. Started as Open Source project, it merged recently with another project Sencha Touch.
Sencha Touch is the world's first app framework built specifically to leverage HTML5, CSS3, and Javascript for the highest level of power, flexibility, and optimization. Sencha Touch is a cross-platform library aimed at next generation, touch enabled, devices. Initial beta is compatible with iOS and Android.
Target Audience:
Content and Designer, Fluid, Project MNG
Target OS:
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