The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) announced last week a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will enable both organizations to collaborate on specifications for mobile access to the Web. This agreement will further solidify the foundation for faster development, adoption and standardization of new features and functions for mobile devices that connect to the Web.

This formal working relationship enables the two organizations to collaboratively engage in exchange of technical information and contributions. The result will benefit developers, product and service providers and others, by providing standardized technology at their disposal to accelerate the development and deployment of new mobile applications and services.

OMA, an industry organization made up of over 350 global companies, develops interoperable mobile data service enablers that work across devices, service providers, operators, networks and geographies. W3C develops recommendations in widespread use in the mobile industry today, including XHTML Basic, SMIL and mobile SVG. W3C's activities in the area of device independence and multimodal interaction are of high relevance to the mobile industry.

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