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   Re: WML vs. XHTML

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  • From: XMLDevGuy@aol.com
  • To: xml-dev@ic.ac.uk
  • Date: Sat, 6 Nov 1999 00:05:03 EST

In a message dated 11/5/99 10:32:23 PM !!!First Boot!!!, jelks@jelks.nu 

<< Comparing [x]HTML to WML -- 5 years down the road when phones are using 
real web
 browsers that can hit pages written for *everybody*, where do you think WML 
 going to be left standing?  [x]HTML obviously has a future.  I'd be cautious
 about spending much time with WML unless you absolutely *have* to author for
 these current-generartion crippled 9.6Kbps (GSM) and 14.4Kbps (CDMA) devices.
 I've played around with the "Wireless Web" on one of the new SprintPCS 
 Touchpoints, but I found it extremely painful -- and you can only read the
 "special" WML or HDML pages >>

Well one of my last jobs was built using XML -> WML only because it was the 
only solution in that the parties didn't want to throw in alot more money for 
Palm devices, a case study here:


Thanks for that link, it was a very good insight!  There was alot to be 
pointed out notably that WMLScripting is VERY platform dependent on what 
device you are using.  For example there are no calls to:


If this were the case with any language then it would make Palm programming 
and other device programming alot more simpler, wouldn't one think?  Thank 
god for something like the W3C or else there would be ALOT more of a mess out 
there when it comes to wireless connected devices.  

It still seems though as if WAP is off and running...

- Jon

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