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How to make site mobile compatible?

and how to test it?

2:14 am on Oct 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Lately I have noticed in my websites stats that a few of the visitors have accessed my site using their mobile phones. This was quite startling for me.

I would like to know how do I make sure that my website is *mobile* (cell phone/hand-held/pda) compatible. How do I build these type of websites and EQUALLY important, how do I test them? I would like to know of cell phone emulators which will allow me to test my sites on them so that I know how they will *look* when viewed via a mobile phone.

I had heard of a program called Openwave Phone Simulator but I'm not able to find it anymore. It's was a complete mobile phone simulator with support for mobile browsing using WAP and WAP 2.0/XHTML.

Eagerly awaiting your replies.

Best Wishes.

2:44 am on Oct 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

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The guides contain a mixture of mandatory and recommended best practices for developing mobile content and services.

7:15 am on Oct 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

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The really simple answers:

0) Start with the page templates at [mobi...] (developers area). In particular make sure that you keep the correct XHTML MOBILE declaration line at the top of every page you generate.

1) Test your site on the simulators at [mobi...]

2) Test your pages using the ctl-alt-V built in validator in Opera: it will use the declaration line from (0) to get your page validated correctly at w3.org, even pages that are not up yet.

3) View your pages using the "small screen" mode of Opera. Also test in FF, which handles XHTML. IE6 doesn't (usually) in my experience.

4) Use a real mobile phone.

5) Get one the of the UP/OpenWave simulators (gee, I knew them when they were still UnwiredPlanet and we were trying to launch the FIRST mobile price-comparison service in the UK). I think this is the URL you may want: [developer.openwave.com...]



[edited by: DamonHD at 7:19 am (utc) on Oct. 18, 2006]

1:33 pm on Oct 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

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on Nokia Web site in section for developers you can find mobile emulator and wap server emulator also. You need second one also, otherwise mobile emulator does not work. it does not connect directly to the Internet.

This 2-chain emulation is better because can give you more feeling how it is fast on real mobile - real mobile gets content from wap servers that are gateways between the Internet and GSM or 3G net...

But the best way is to get a couple of real mobiles with different screen sizes - they are not so expensive now...

2:25 am on Oct 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I really appreciate the very informative replies.



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