If you’ve been wanting to start development on a web-based mobile app, but don’t know where to begin, the W3C has you covered. The web’s governing body has released a set of guidelines and best practices for developing mobile web applications.
If you’ve already been keeping up with the latest in mobile web technologies, the guidelines probably won’t have too much new information for you. But if you haven’t already explored the rapidly growing mobile web apps scene, the W3C’s guide makes a good starting place.
The guide covers everything from the (hopefully) obvious, like minimizing the number of cookies, compressing your files and using CSS sprites, to less-well-known tips like using Fragment IDs or caching resources by fingerprinting resource references.
One thing to keep in mind is that this overview is intended for web apps, not just websites. If you just want to develop a mobile-optimized version of your website, check out our earlier post on the best practices for mobile websites.
If you’re building something much more complex and application-like, the W3C’s guidelines make a great starting point to get up to speed.