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dibbern2

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Msg#: 3281342 posted 5:39 am on Mar 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

Sorry if this is dumb question, but I'm pretty new to the mobile development scene.

My question is: can I tell if a .com site is offering a specific mobile version, as opposed to those .com's which just happen to look pretty good when they're viewed on a phone browser?

I'm looking at sites (on the mobi website Nokia n70 emulator) in a travel niche that's mainly mom&pop small venues... hardly the one's you would expect to be on the leading edge internet-wise. Yet I'm seeing graphics, photos, and links which all look fine; and I'm wondering if they have mobile-specific versions of their .com websites, or am I just seeing regular old sites that re-configure well in the mobile browser? None of these sites have mobile centric terms in their urls.

Is there a way to tell?

 

Jakotsu

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Msg#: 3281342 posted 5:01 am on Mar 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

If the URL on the mobile device is the same as the one viewed on your desktop browser, then most certainly the phone is adapting the normal pages for displaying them nicely.

rogerd

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Msg#: 3281342 posted 8:51 pm on Mar 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

Checking the URL is a good first step. If there's a page you are particularly interested in, you can also view the code and look for scripting or special style sheets.

bostonBeans

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Msg#: 3281342 posted 10:13 pm on Mar 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

The FF browser (or even wget) has a plugin that lets you pass any user-agent string. You can use this tool to request the same URL using a normal browser user-agent and then a mobile phone user-agent. Compare the markup to see anything they are doing differently for the mobile phone version.

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