RE: [wmlprogramming] Using WURFL or UAProf?
- Hi, Luca:
> geoff freed wrote:Actually, my job is to gather the information and help this particular
> >Hello, Everyone:
> >I am a researcher at the National Center for Accessible Media at the
> >WGBH Educational Foundation in Boston, MA (http://ncam.wgbh.org).
> >On behalf of a client, I am investigating methods of effectively
> >transmitting usable, appropriately reformatted Web sites to wireless
> >devices, especially PDAs. I've been reading a lot about WURFL and
> >UAProf, and would like to hear from developers who have actually
> >implemented these technologies. I'd like to know about Web
> sites that
> >are delivered using WURFL or UAProf, and I'd like to know
> how much time
> >and trouble it cost to put these approaches into use, as well as if
> >they are judged to be effective.
> I don't quite understand if you are thinking of building a
> mobile site from scratch or if you are looking for ways to
> dynamically reformat an existing web site.
client make the best decision regarding solutions for mobile delivery, and
eventually the client will do the building. So I guess the answer to your
question is really "both." Because this client has a large number of pages
that will need to be made available to mobile devices, I'm thinking that the
dynamic-reformatting approach may be the most efficient, as well as the most
cost-effective. But I need to research all options.
>I suggest you readI will definitely read this carefully. Thanks for the lead.
> this and come back with more specific questions later:
> >If you'd like to respond, please send a message to me off-list.Sorry-- I didn't mean to preclude answers on the list. I wanted to give a
> this is not good netiquette. Public questions should be
> answered publicly, unless there are special reasons not to do so.
private-response option to those who didn't want to divulge potentially
sensitive information. Public answers are, of course, welcome!
- geoff freed wrote:
> I'm thinking that theI wouldn't be so sure. First, it's operators who set up the
>dynamic-reformatting approach may be the most efficient, as well as the most
>cost-effective. But I need to research all options.
infrastructure for such dynamic reformatting. There are some free
services on the internet though. Here is a list of companies in that space:
Google offers the same service too. There are at least another 4 or 5
smaller companies that offer the same.
I would also keep in mind that, no matter how good the reformatting
process is, you will never get near the usability levels of a site built
for mobile from the ground up. Developers know what makes sense to
access on a mobile device and what doesn't better than programs. And I
typically find on web pages and which cannot be ported to mobile