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I made a HTML-based page model, which could work perfectly in 400x300 pixel as well as 1024x768 pixel devices because of advanced, scalable frame system, which I developed. Here is an image of an imagined 400x300 pixel device (my main page is today a little bit different as you see in the picture below this paragraph, but however it gives a good comprehension of it):
Navigation frames can be collapsed/expanded and following images show, what it means (remark: I have exchanged the appearance of my pages, but the system itself is fully functional).
http://netti.nic.fi/~tapio1/Light_Table/narrow.gif - in this picture navigation frames are collapsed.
http://netti.nic.fi/~tapio1/Light_Table/wide.gif - now navigation frames are expanded.
When the left navigation frame is collapsed, the user can shrink the width of the screen into 400 pixel and there would not be a horizontal scroll bar! There is no need to zoom the page (browsers of Opera Software and Sun microsystems support zooming). Zooming pages smaller make them always worse to read and the appearance might decrease drastically. It is better if there in no need to zoom. When navigation frames are expanded the whole 1024 (or even wider) width is in full use.
But this model might not have any use in future devices. Nokia Mobile Phones wants with co-operation with two other leader Mobile Phone manufacture, L M Ericsson and Motorola would like to make the whole system to base on WML. And all the code will be packed into binary format in order to get faster performance.
Binary code is fast and mobile devices needs fast code and it is sensible to use as much as possible fast code, but does it mean the destruction of the original idea of WWW? Look at the question closer:
The WML language is very complex because of the 9 independent languages which are used intermixed. Because of this WML is not easy to understand and use for the average web designer.This is however only partially the truth. I have read WML and WMLScript and made even menus to them (TM WML menu and TM WMLScript menu). Basic WML is at least as easy as HTML, but dynamic documents with CGI encoding needs skill.
So, WML really is a meta language which just uses maximum software leverage to achieve its goal: powerful HTML generation... WML is HTML-dependent"
It is probable, that most page designers don't make ever WML-documents - they remain primary as the work of web servers. Normal users can continue to make HTML/XHTML pages as today, because WAP-server make the translation into WML independent of the user of mobile phones and web page designers
Yes, it is a very realistic idea! People have much more mobile phones than computers and people use many times more mobile phones than Internet. If Nokia Mobile Phones succeed, it replaces nowadays phones with next generation models, which are in fact small mobile computers. The need of ordinary computers can decrease drastically. Then big mobile phone companies can control the main digital information stream in the whole world!
I don't want to see newer two kind of net. The traditional Internet and a special Mobile Net, because the basic idea of HTML is to be platform independent.
But in order to get well working WAP, it means also that prices in mobile network should come much cheaper - you can get surf in the net with computer 8 p/minute and with mobile phones 60-170p/minutes - it is 8-16 times more expensive!
I would like to see, that Internet could have always also other purpose as fully commercial. There remain always some non-commercial functions: Education, art, large stories, religion etc. But if the commercial function is minimized, also other functions can be quite minimal - who will support them? In my mind WAP pages could lead to pages, which need bigger screens, to learn more about certain matters.
There is also inside threats - vandals. If Microsoft 2000 -systems is common it is inside threat to the WWW, because MS Office 2000, Windows 2000 and MS Internet Explorer are tightly integrated to each others. Using ISDN the use often doesn't know if he is in the net or not. Someone can interrupt secret like theft to computers and steal or destroy information like using another computer as "remote controller". Vandals are a threat both to the traditional Internet and Mobile net, because the new system bases on Windows NT technology in servers (I read about this from a Microsoft Magazine). In my mind it would be much more reasonable to build the basis on Linux as Windows NT!