*sigh* Why can’t web developers agree on a standard naming convention for accessing mobile-device friendly pages?!?!

Tonight I was trying to search on Amazon for a book from my iPAQ h6315. The full interface was frustrating and slow, so I wanted to find one friendlier to mobile devices. I tried mobile.amazon.com, wap.amazon.com, www.amazon.com/mobile, etc. No dice.

Finally, I searched their help and there, in an obscure FAQ entry, I located my goal: www.amazon.com/pocketpc ! Like that was intuitive…

To Amazon’s credit, they do have a nice looking mobile interface. In fact, the shopping cart is shared with the desktop version of the site.

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Here are what sites need to do to be friendlier to devices (in decreasing order of preference):

1. Detect my browser type and redirect me to whatever your mobile device friendly home page is.

2. Provide a standard URL for mobile device users so we all know what to ask for. I suggest mobile.yoursite.com

3. Provide SOME kind of link on your home page - as in “mobile users click here”

What do you think?