A Conversation for h2g2 Feedback - Feature Suggestions

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Post 1

Loofychan

Just wondering if there will ever be a hg2g iPhone application?


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Post 2

The H2G2 Editors

Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I'd love for this to happen. There's no plans to do it in-house at the moment but after the site re-fresh I'm going to push for it. Cheers.smiley - ok


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Post 3

Wintermute

I know this is an old suggestion, but, is there an API that a third-party could use to develop a mobile app for the site?


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Post 4

Pastey

I'm afraid not.

There's a set of APIs, but to be honest they're not really very good, and there's no proper documentation. We've got a new front end that we should be rolling out before the end of the year (when I finish building it) and then we'll be working on a new set of APIs to replace what we've currently got.

What would you look for in a mobile app for the site though, that accessing the website couldn't provide? ( serious question so I know what to build smiley - winkeye )


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Post 5

Lanzababy - Guide Editor

Only got Android, which I know is a totally different kettle of fish, but it would be simpler to find stuff if the Edited Guide/Forums/Write an Entry chunks of h2g2 had their own separate tab, rather than scrolling down?


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Post 6

Pastey

Android and iPhone really aren't that different when you get past the branding smiley - erm


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Post 7

Lanzababy - Guide Editor

smiley - laugh and the cost of course. smiley - winkeye


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Post 8

Wintermute

The only real issue I have with the site on a mobile browser (regardless of branding) is that the site seems a bit cramped on such a tiny screen. So really, just stripping the interface down a bit if a mobile browser were detected would be sufficient. I know there used to be a PDA version of the site sometime during the beeb's ownership, but I doubt that's been maintained at all. I think it's been close to a decade since I used that version.


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Post 9

Pastey

We've kept the old skins kicking around (we've not finished adapting the new version yet, out from the bbc code) so you can find them here:

http://h2g2.com/dna/h2g2/classic/home
http://h2g2.com/dna/h2g2/alabaster/home
http://h2g2.com/dna/h2g2/brunel/home

and...

http://h2g2.com/dna/h2g2/plain/home

I have to admit I've not had a chance to properly test plain to see if we transferred it out okay.

There did used to be a wml/wap version of the site, but we didn't get the code for that when we bought it unfortunately.


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