Here in Canada many organizations have English and French versions of their website. Making sure that their language options are easily available to users can get tricky in a mobile environment. There's limited space and those of us who have big clumsy fingers (me!) demand big, easy to press buttons. So what's the best way to integrate a bilingual option?
There are around 6 billion active mobile phones worldwide which exceeds the world population. That's a staggering statistic. It's also a huge market. It should be noted that this number relates to all mobile phones, not smartphones specifically, so "dumb" phones as well. Most of these "dumb" phones allow you to perform two basic actions - make & receive voice calls and send & receive SMS messages.
This week we launched a very exciting project for our beloved friends and longterm clients at Covenant House Vancouver. While there's no doubt that their new site is beautiful, the really exciting part for our team was that with this project we got to help Covenant House become a leader in providing a truly mobile responsive website to help serve their own clients, as well as for easy use by supporters and donors.
A while back Colin sent me a link to a blog post by Joshua Johnson about responsive design patterns. What’s a responsive design pattern you ask? It’s a mockup that helps us plan out how our sites are going to react on various display types and resolutions.
In May, while speaking at and attending the Make Web Not War conference in Vancouver, I met up with Adam Kalsey from Tropo and attended his talk outlining how his messaging service, called Tropo, can be integrated with Drupal. I came away with tons of ideas on how to use this service to do neat things with Drupal. I decided to start with some low hanging fruit.