Stanford community members, from undergrads to deans, have embraced personal mobile technology and use it every day to interact with University websites. All too often the mobile web experience still “isn’t there yet,” but recent developments in standards and technologies now make it possible to transform sites into readable and visually dynamic online experiences.
On these pages, you’ll find links to some Stanford websites that were built or improved with the mobile experience in mind. You’ll also find a library of developer resources and best practices documentation, the product of a collaboration between University Communications, IT Services, and Student Affairs to help Stanford make its web resources mobile aware.
Approaches to making online content mobile aware
This website focuses on web-based solutions:
- Use responsive web design techniques to build or retrofit your website and maintain that site for all audiences and devices. (This website is an example.)
- Use various methods, such as the jQuery Mobile framework in conjunction with server-side device detection, to build and maintain a separate site for mobile users.
If a mobile-aware website does not meet the requirements of your mobile project, and if you can afford the development costs to code separate versions for each platform you serve (e.g., iOS, Android, Blackberry), then you can opt to build a native app like iStanford and the other versions of Stanford Mobile.
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The following Stanford websites were built or improved with the mobile experience in mind.
- Stanford Home Page: site | case study
- Stanford Events: site | case study
- Stanford Commencement: site | case study
- Stanford News: site | case study
- StanfordWho online directory BETA: site | case study
- IT Services catalog and documentation: site | case study
- ExploreCourses: site | case study
- Mobile Aware Web Project: site | case study
- 2011 IT Open House: site | case study
- Compare features & technical info
- Web Templates (Stanford Modern)
IT Services published mobile-aware versions of the Stanford Modern Dreamweaver templates in August, 2011.