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I’ve configured the MIME types needed to serve pages to WAP-enabled cell-phone browsers, and started experimenting with creating mobile content for the first time. Oh, boy is this frustrating. Not only are the capabilities of the specs quite limiting, but it is also very difficult to figure out which version of the spec to use, and to test the results. Thankful you only have to test a few Web browsers nowadays? Think about all the different WAP phones out there. Do you write to WML 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, XHTML Basic, or XHTML Mobile Profile? And How many other phones besides the T68i render <b>, <strong>, and <em> as bold, and only <i> as italic?

I fear it is only going to get worse the deeper I dig.

Author: Peter Sheerin

Peter Sheerin is best known for the decade he spent as the Technical Editor of CADENCE magazine, where he was the acknowledged expert in Computer-Aided Design hardware and software. He has a long-standing passion for improving usability of software, hardware, and everyday objects that is always interwoven in his articles. Peter is available for freelance technical writing and product reviews, and is exploring career opportunities in interaction design. His pet personal project is exploring the best ways to harmonize visual, tactile, and audible symbols for improving the effectiveness of alerting systems.

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