Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Read all about it! Legible blogs on mobile phones

Preview of the mobile/smartphone template view

Recently Blogger, the host for this blog, introduced an option for displaying a cut down version of a blog on smartphones. You get the posts, but not the extra material displayed in columns at the sides. Because there's less material there, the posts are actually legible on the small smartphone display without scrolling and zooming! The blog author needs to enable the feature first (in the Template menu of the new interface, or via Dashboard > Settings > Email & Mobile tab in the old one) - and when they do this they will see a preview, like the one shown in the picture above.

Once enabled, the new display will work automatically on many smartphones - but not all. If it doesn't appear automatically, you can encourage the mobile template to kick in by appending ?m=1 to the URL. I've added a link at the top of the right hand column of this blog - this includes the ?m=1 and should give the smartphone display to those for whom it didn't work automatically.

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