mccord iphone task from design meeting

Colin Clark colin.clark at
Tue May 19 23:13:57 UTC 2009


I think this is a really good approach, and is in line with the  
architectural shape we have sketched out for Fluid Engage.

As you say, our goal is to build entirely on a foundation of open web  
technologies. Our early deliverables probably won't use location  
awareness to start, so we don't have any particular need to access the  
hardware of a particular device. Given this, I had been figuring that  
we'd want to start developing just using Infusion, HTML, and CSS  
rather than building any kind of native iPhone app.

The process would look something like this:

* Use Infusion to create artifact components using HTML and JavaScript
* Extend the Fluid Skinning System to provide graphics and styles for  
a particular advice: iPhone first, but could be easy for G1, too
* Build an artifact service that handles importing artifact data and  
exposing it to the components as a JSON data feed

As a starting point, the work of delivering a restyled, device- 
specific version of the UI would largely be to detect the device and  
deliver the appropriate FSS theme. Down the road, we can delve into  
delivering different interaction behaviour depending on the device,  
but the first step would be to deliver a basic mobile-friendly  

In short, I strongly agree with the Web-only approach to start with. I  
figure that we can start to dig into extending the FSS and building  
the services/components as a community very soon. I'm especially  
looking forward to hearing more from Erin, James, and Michelle after  
they've had a chance to hang out with the McCord folks for a few days  
later this week.


On 19-May-09, at 5:43 PM, Clayton H Lewis wrote:
> I'd like to explore providing a reasonable presentation of the  
> McCord info as a Web app rather than as an iPhone app
> advantages:
> adheres to fluid engage goal of being as much Web as possible
> might allow us to bring UIOptions to bear (in some flavors of the  
> approach)
> portable rather than iPhone specific
> approach:
> I will look at the source for the existing McCord page to see what  
> the prospects would be to use restyling to put the content on a  
> small screen device, using iPhone as the example
> I will read up on how device specific versions of sites are  
> autoselected in these devices... I know it's done, but don't know how
> I will try to have a restyled version of some kind hacked up by  
> tuesday, or report what the obstacles to this approach are
> if the current page doesn't lend itself to restyling, I will look  
> into some alternatives:
> if the current page uses some kind of API to get the data I'll make  
> a new page using that
> failing that, I'll explore some kind of transcoding approach
> the aim of all of these approaches will be to see what can be done  
> WITHOUT putting code on the phone
> if I'm able to get something done I'll look at it on my iPod Touch  
> and on my Android G1
> comments and suggestions welcome
> Clayton Lewis
> Professor of Computer Science
> Scientist in Residence, Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities
> University of Colorado
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Colin Clark
Technical Lead, Fluid Project
Adaptive Technology Resource Centre, University of Toronto

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