Survey of Virginia Tech Mobile

Posted by Webmaster in Uncategorized

I’ll be dissecting various other mobile sites from higher ed institutions, possibly to an excruciating degree. Starting with the list from .EduGuru’s blog post on Best of the Mobile Higher Ed Web and branching out from there…

Virginia Tech

The “Structure” and “Observations” sections will be the most interesting to non-geeks.


XHTML Mobile 1.0

width=device-width; initial-scale=1.0; maximum-scale=1.0; user-scalable=0;
CSS Files
  1. mobile.css served with media="screen"
  2. smartPhones.css served with media="only screen and (max-device-width: 176px)"
  3. touchMobile.css served with media="only screen and (max-device-width: 480px) and (min-device-width: 320px)" and !IE conditional comment
  4. ipad-portrait.css served with media="all and (min-device-width: 481px) and (max-device-width: 1024px) and (orientation:portrait)" and !IE conditional comment
  5. ipad-landscape.css served with !IE conditional comment and media="all and (min-device-width: 481px) and (max-device-width: 1024px) and (orientation:landscape)" or media="all and (min-device-width: 1025px)"
  • Google Analytics
  • Google Maps
  • jQuery
  • At the time of writing the iPad specific styles just @import touchMobile.css
  • Telephone #s use href="tel:#" syntax
  • Assuming a lot of content is pulled in via RSS parsing on the server side
  • Selecting a location from the menu on the map page “jumps” the user down to the map, link just above map “jumps” the user back to the menu
  • “Parking Services” and ”Places to Eat” links exist in the source code but are currently commented out
  • Most pages provide a link to the “full” version of a relevant site or just the home page
  • Breadcrumb style menu is built as you drill down but currently most content areas only go down 1 level
  • From a pure user satisfaction standpoint, there are too many blatant “go to the full site for info X, Y, or Z” particularly in the Admissions area
  • But I also see the bit “BETA” up top
  • Overall the info that is there is well reasoned and well organized