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This is a quantum leap for sure, But what I'd like to understand is how will this affect website development & design?
Will we need sites in many different formats to cope with the smaller screen sizes anticipated on 3Gpda's "smart phones" or 3GiA's?
Is XML the way forward? as I uderstand it, one of its merits is in its resizing and reformatting capabilities?
Should I not worry because flexible roll up display screens are likely to pull out of the side of my future 3G cellular phone?
And what of LBS (Location Based Services ) & m-commerce? will this make the web developers job infinitely more tricky?
Any insights into how webmasters are going to be affected would be greatly appreciated
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As I understand it, there is a race amongst languages to make web pages for mobile phones.
There are over 30 languages for wireless products now, but I believe the "two favorites" are WAP Wireless Application Protocol and HDML.
Honestly, I don't know which way to go. Major cell phone manufacturers go either way. I have said it before, it is a gamble with your career: learn one and win big, learn the wrong one and hurt big.
While cell phones have gotten smaller, there is now a reason to make them bigger: screen size.
I have often wondered what is going to happen. Will people give up their pc's permanently? I can't believe they will entirely. Will people use their cell phones to browse the web? In certain situations, yes.
Will they buy something off their cell phone? I can't believe they would do so under most circumstances, but I am sure they would want to have it with them when traveling to look up the address of a restaurant or hotel in a strange town.
Yes, webmasters will be affected. I think it will take a little more time, at least in the United States, to understand just how they will be affected.
One thing to always remember, "Trust above all else the knowledge of your craft." As a technical person, you can never learn too much. The trick is to keep adapting to the changes. Technical people will *always* be going back to school.
Is XML the way forward. You will not hurt by knowing it.
Another discussion about this topic:
The W3C is paying attention to all this by moving towards the modularization of XHTML [w3.org]. I expect to continue to be "in school" as long as I work in web development -- and I also expect to see the "modularization of web developers" as technology grows.
It remains to be seen how practical the mobile internet will be. Some sites and services may work well in that medium, but I really doubt that all internet browsing will be done on a hand-held device any time soon. Rather, some sites will choose to serve that market, and others won't.
I also imagine that only some developers will make a specialty of new developing markets, just as today some offer Flash and others do not. Printers specialize today, and so will web developers.
I just want to know what's happening so I can make intelligent choices about how to specialize.
I never checked out a WAP device, so I was very interested in how it would work, and I thought others here might appreciate it as well. The emulator is a java applet developed by a company called YOSPACE, so that WAP developers can show off their handiwork on their regular website.