While I agree with your underlying sentiment, there may be a problem in
failing to exploit the full potential of a device in order to enhance the
service for people with disabilities.
I would agree with you, though, that prioritising development work should
consider the target audience.
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> Subject: Re: iPhone Apps
> Paul Boag wrote:
> > I thought this was a superb idea and wondered if anybody else has
> looked into it.
> Could you expand on your reasoning on why you believe this is a superb
> idea? When I read the article it seemed to be fairly out of touch with
> the targeted user base. While the iPhone application is useful, it
> restricts itself to those users who actually have an iPhone. When the
> target audience is first year undergraduates, I'm not sure how big that
> audience is going to be.
> It would have been much better (as others have chosen) in my opinion to
> build mobile-friendly web services that work on a range of phones,
> notably on mobile versions of Safari and Opera, so that it can be used
> by more than just the privileged. I would imagine the most popular
> smartphone software amongst undergraduates is going to be S60, though
> most users would be unaware of actually having it.
> While the principle of distributing mobile information is a noble one,
> I'm not sure an iPhone app is the way to go.
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