2.1.3. Content design

[1]: "Focus On Content, Not Display -- The most important thing you should keep in mind when writing HTML for a handheld device is to keep it simple and elegant. Stick to the original intent of HTML, which is to focus on content and not display, and you won't go wrong. The main reason that certain pages on the Web won't display well on handhelds is that their designers used HTML for results it was never intended to produce. That said, there are times to bend the rules, especially if you are not content to wait for the next version of the software to add support for the tag or attribute you need."

[10]: "Content developers should make content understandable and navigable. This includes not only making the language clear and simple, but also providing understandable mechanisms for navigating within and between pages. Providing navigation tools and orientation information in pages will maximize accessibility and usability. Not all users can make use of visual clues such as image maps, proportional scroll bars, side-by-side frames, or graphics that guide sighted users of graphical desktop browsers. Users also lose contextual information when they can only view a portion of a page, either because they are accessing the page one word at a time (speech synthesis or braille display), or one section at a time (small display, or a magnified display). Without orientation information, users may not be able to understand very large tables, lists, menus, etc."

[10] "Provide text (including text equivalents). Text can be rendered in ways that are available to almost all browsing devices and accessible to almost all users."

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