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W3C recommends mobile Web standard

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) published on Thursday a recommended standard for improving the Web-surfing capabilities of handheld devices such as cell phones and personal digital assistants (PDAs).

The technical specification, called "Composite Capability/Preference Profiles (CC/PP): Structures and Vocabularies 1.0," is a system for enabling a device to communicate information--such as the device's display capabilities and user preferences--to Web servers. By presenting specific profile information to Web servers, that information can be better tailored to a screen size and processing power. The CC/PP specification is built using the Resource Description Format (RDF), one of the foundations of the Semantic Web, a W3C initiative to provide more context for information delivered over the Web.