App – mobile application for smartphones or tablets; device-specific software to perform a defined task, specifically designed to run on a device’s operating system and machine firmware; not a mobile website. Also called native app.
Decorator – standard header, footer and navigation for mobile sites, used with a mobile web framework.
Device agnostic – compatible with any web-capable mobile device.
e-Reader – mobile device primarily used for reading digital e-books.
Graceful degradation – website developed for enhanced browsers and devices, which displays a more limited experience for less capable devices.
Mobile website – a standalone, separate version of a website that delivers a subset of directed, task-oriented content for on-the-go users.
Progressive enhancement – use of web technologies in a layered fashion beginning with basic content, then providing enhanced versions to more advanced browsers and devices.
Responsive web design (RWD) – website construction providing the ability to automatically rearrange content to optimize viewing according to screen size.
Smartphone – mobile phone with advanced computing abilities and connectivity.
Tablet – mobile computer with a touchscreen as the primary interface.