- Department of Neurosurgery, Maastricht University Medical Center, Netherlands
Pieter L. Kubben
Department of Neurosurgery, Maastricht University Medical Center, Netherlands
DOI:10.4103/2152-7806.68932© 2010 Kubben PL This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
How to cite this article: Kubben PL. Neurosurgical content for mobile devices. Surg Neurol Int 01-Sep-2010;1:46
How to cite this URL: Kubben PL. Neurosurgical content for mobile devices. Surg Neurol Int 01-Sep-2010;1:46. Available from: http://sni.wpengine.com/surgicalint_articles/neurosurgical-content-for-mobile-devices/
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You are probably familiar with downloading articles in Portable Document Format (PDF). The main advantage of PDF files is that they look the same on all computers, regardless of what text editor is used, which fonts are installed, or which printer settings are chosen. There are many good free PDF viewers available, and for desktop computers this format became the standard for downloading scientific articles. The main disadvantage for using them on mobile devices is that the original page size is maintained. Therefore, reading PDF files on a small screen can be a cumbersome task. This problem can be solved by using the EPUB format, which is a free and open e-book standard for electronic publication (hence the name).[
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The foundation of every scientific journal is formed by (peer-reviewed) articles. This editorial explains how mobile devices can be used to access SNI’s content, and how the EPUB format facilitates reading articles on small screens. SNI Mobile is a web application that allows quick access to the journal’s main categories, with a layout that is optimized for iPhone and related devices. We intend to use this web application as a starting point for further mobile development. Based on our experience and your feedback we will continue working on separate applications for iPhone, iPad, Android, and maybe Blackberry in the future. We would like you to read not only our articles, but also our (blog) posts and forum items. Also, we would like to offer you our multimedia on mobile devices, starting with some podcasts on basic and clinical neurosurgery.
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