New Domain for Mobile Devices

ICANN has approved a new domain — .mobi — for web sites whose content is optimized for mobile devices. By supporting the creation of web sites specifically for mobile devices, these manufacturers and vendors are hoping to increase sales.

If I’m reading this correctly, this will encourage webmasters to create two sites — one with their current domain, and one optimized for mobile devices with the .mobi domain. Doesn’t this defeat the purpose of standardization? Cascading style sheets allows the use of multiple stylesheets — one specifically for handheld devices. Using the CSS standard, you could still have a single web site, but style it differently depending on the user’s device.

[ICANN application]


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