Mini Mozilla Wants to Fire Up Your PDA

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With the enormous success of Firefox 1.0 for the PC, Mozilla is setting its sights on other computing devices, including PDAs. The Minimo Project is making great strides, with two mobile phone companies close to announcing support for the browser. But much more is coming.

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In an interview with ZDNet (UK), Doug Turner, Minimo project leader, gave an update on their plans for smaller devices. Much of this is great news for PDA owners, as the browsing experience is far from perfect. I’d go further to say that in most cases it’s just plain terrible. Our expectations of what browsing should be have been raised so high in the PC world, PDAs really aren’t even close, especially those with lower resolutions.

From the article:

Minimo developers have already found a solution to the problem of rendering Web pages on small devices. This feature was included in both version 0.1 and 0.2 of Minimo. Turner said this solution is already better than some products on the market.

“A lot of browsers ignore frames or have limited JavaScript support–they do terrible jobs,” he said. “With Minimo, if it renders OK in Firefox, it will render OK in Minimo.”

The technology works by shrinking less-important images, such as banner ads, and wrapping columns around to make a single column, so users only need to scroll vertically.

Turner goes on to say that Minimo will be easily portable to multiple operating systems. Version 0.3 is due soon and there’s a long way to go yet, but a usable alternative is quite welcome in this market dominated by lack of choice.

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