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WML and HTML

From: Johan Hjelm <johan.hjelm@42forlag.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 1998 15:04:33 +0200
Message-ID: <35C06F61.B60302DA@42forlag.com>
To: www-mobile@w3.org
(in reply to: Andrew Scott, WAP-WML standardisation)

Hi Andrew,
WML is an XML application, and as such very well within the scope of the
W3C. We are actively working with the WAP Forum to mobile-enable the
next version of HTML, and also to create a smooth connection between the
two architectures. You should not hang up on it not being compatible
with the present HTML, because that is very much a system under
development. We will in all likelyhood se many more specialised XML
applications emerging in the future.

The acceptance of WAP has indeed been very fast, which I think in no
small degree depends on the significant investment of the founders and
the fact that the mobile phone is emerging as your personal terminal.
Due to the form-factor, "normal" HTML is not suited to it, however. Both
the device itself and the screen puts restrictions on what can be done,
which the WAP Forum has done an excellent job of meeting.

The W3C has had meetings with the WAP Forum, and the mobile access
interest group of the W3C is very active here. I hope we can present a
more formal cooperation description soon.

As Telstra (to my surprise) is not a member of the W3C, you can not
follow the development of the mobile access interest group and the next
version of HTML, of course. But there will be reports on this list from
time to time, I hope.

Johan Hjelm
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